The Oahu Bike Plan is a guide created by the City to guide development of Oahu’s bikeways.
Here you’ll find guides that help you understand the Oahu Bike Plan on this island, in your neighborhood, or on your street. We hope that The Oahu Bike Plan will help you think critically about cycling’s role in Oahu’s future. In 2015, the City created an amended network map to integrate protected bike lanes for the Honolulu urban core (click here to view it).
Plan update upcoming: the City has secured funding to do an update of the Oahu Bike Plan (per ordinance this is supposed to be done every 5 years). As of May 2017, the City was in process of selecting a contractor to help with the plan. Based on this, it’s likely the plan will kick off in late 2017/early 2018. Join our Bike Advocacy Team to make sure you get the latest updates in being involved in shaping the updated plan!
Questions, comments, or suggestions for this page? Contact Daniel Alexander, Advocacy, Planning & Communication Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A detailed description of what the Oahu Bike Plan calls for in your neighborhood.
An alphabetical listing of all the Oahu Bike Plan projects.
The projects in order of priority as assigned by the Oahu Bike Plan.
A comparison of the Oahu Bike Plan projects to the city’s repaving schedule so you know which projects are coming up.
What is the Oahu Bike Plan?[bg_faq_start] First released in 1999, the Oahu Bike Plan envisions Honolulu as a “bicycle-friendly city where bicycling is a viable and popular travel choice for residents and visitors of all ages.” The plan proposes infrastructure for cyclists of every type, experience level, and speed. Road bike lanes and bike routes are included in the plan as are paths separated from automobile traffic. In addition to infrastructure, the plan contains a number of programs and measures—such as events, brochures, and educational programs—intended to encourage riders to use the new bikeways.
In the next five years the Oahu Bike Plan aims to add sixty-five miles of bikeways to the existing 132 miles of bikeways on Oahu at an estimated cost of $2.7 million. In the next twenty to thirty years the plan calls for an additional 559 miles of bikeways to be built at an estimated cost of $68 million. By 2032 the Oahu Bike Plan hopes to see roughly eight percent of commutes on Oahu made by bike.[bg_faq_end] [bg_faq_end] [bg_faq_start]
What is a Road Bike Lane?[bg_faq_start]
As the Oahu Bike Plan defines it, “bicycle lanes are on street facilities delineated from vehicle traffic by a wide, white line. They are typically five to six feet in width (four foot minimum) and contain pavement markings that indicated they are for bicycle use only.
What is a Bike Path?[bg_faq_start]
According to the Oahu Bike Plan, “Bicycle paths, referred to as shared use paths or SUPs, are off-street facilities constructed of either concrete or asphalt and 12 feet in width (10-foot minimum). These grade-separated facilities are family and beginner rider friendly, often traveling through parks and in general proving a more leisurely, less direct route. SUPs are considered to supplement, rather than replace, on-road bicycling facilities.”
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What is a Bike Route?[bg_faq_start]
From the Oahu Bike Plan: “Bicycle routes are on-street facilities posted with street signage and in some instances, pavement markings. A wide outside traffic lane (14 feet) is typically preferable for routes to enable cars to safely pass bicyclists without crossing the centerline. Routes may also include wide paved shoulders, at least four feet in width (five feet when adjacent to a guard rail, curb, or other barrier used along highways). They are typically separated from vehicle traffic through striping treatments to delineate the space for use by bicycles and pedestrians.
“In urban areas, there are often popular bicycle routes in which curb lane width is not sufficient for a vehicle to pass without crossing the centerline or into the adjacent travel lane…in these situations, in addition to bicycle route street signage, “sharrows,” or shared lane pavement markings can alert motorists to the likelihood of encountering bicyclists traveling in the lane. Sharrows indicate where riders should travel in the lane, reduce potential conflicts with motorists and parked cars, and provide a visual reminder to drivers that bicyclists use the roadways.”
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