March is set to be a big month for bikes! Pensacola St and Ward Ave protected bike lanes public meeting 3/22, Kolowaka Dr Complete Streets meeting 3/8, Hamakua Dr bike lanes breaking ground soon, Safe Passing 3 Foot bill advancing through the legislature, and the Waialua bike path moving forward.
Pensacola St and Ward Ave protected bike lanes – March 22
The City is planning the next protected bike lanes for Pensacola St and Ward Ave. On March 22nd, they’ll be having a public meeting jointly for both projects – it’s crucial that we bring out supporters to make sure these projects can move forward! If you care about seeing this happen we need you at the 3/22 meeting!
Thursday 3/22 6:00pm at Blaisdell Center (777 Ward Ave), Pikake Room.
Kipapa Gulch Bikeway & Safety Improvement – March 28
The State Department of Transportation is considering safety improvements to Kamehameha Hwy through Kipapa Gulch, including continuous minimum 4ft shoulders. This will dramatically improve bike safety between Waipio and Mililani. HDOT will be presenting the proposal to the Mililani Neighborhood Board on March 28. If you care about seeing this happen we need you at the 3/28 meeting!
Wednesday 3/28 7:30pm at Mililani Waena Elementary (95-502 Kipapa Dr)
Kolowaka Dr Complete Streets – April 12
As part of the repaving of Kolowaka Drive in Ewa, the City is considering “right sizing” the street to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The right sizing would transform Kolowaka Dr from the 2 lanes in each direction to 1 lane in each direction, a center turn lane. This would also upgrade the existing current bike lanes to buffered bike lanes (with additional separation from passing cars). Beyond the obvious bicycle safety benefit, the transformation will dramatically improve pedestrian safety by reducing the crossing distance and number of lanes that need to yield for a crossing pedestrian. And it will dramatically improve safety for everyone through reducing speeding. Based on traffic volumes on Kolowaka Dr, the transformation can be done without any negative traffic impact. According to the Federal Highway Administration “right sizings” have an average 29% reduction in crashes and injuries. The Ewa Neighborhood Board will be considering the project – if you live in the area please come out to support this Complete Streets project.
Note this item was supposed be up at the March meeting, but it was cancelled.
Thursday April 12th 7:00pm at Ewa Beach Public Library (91-950 North Road).
Hamakua Dr bike lanes breaking ground
New bike lanes coming to Kailua soon! The Hamakua Dr bike lanes will run the length of the street connecting Enchanted Lake and the Keolu Dr bike lanes to Kailua center. The project will include a combination of bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, and protected bike lanes. The bikeways received strong community support and the Kailua Neighborhood Board voted to formally support it. Construction is set to break ground on Monday March 5th!
Safe Passing 3 Foot Bill update
The Safe Passing 3 Foot bill – HB2215 – would make clear in Hawaii law that 3 Feet is the minimum safe distance for a motorist to give when overtaking a bicyclist. We’re working to make it Hawaii law in 2018. And we’re heading in the right direction. HB2215 passed the House Judiciary Committee 3/1/18. It will now “cross over” to the Senate and be need to be heard and passed by the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee and Judiciary Committee, and then ultimately go before Senate/House conference committee. And we’re going to need testimony for each of these hearings – so we need you to stay involved!
Waialua bike path update
For the last 4 years, HBL has been working with community members in Waialua to create bike path to make it safer for students to bike to school and community members of all ages to safely bike around. The immediate vision is a bike path on Goodale Avenue that will link the existing Waialua Beach Rd bike path into Waialua town. And the long advocacy effort is bearing fruit. On January 31, 2018, the City held a meeting in Waialua to get community feedback on the bike path and based on a positive response is moving forward to finalize the design and move towards construction in 2019.
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