What’s there now:
Hotel Street runs in two distinct sections from Thomas Square to Alapai Transit Center, and then from Richards Street to River Street through the hearts of Chinatown and the business district. Only bikes and buses are permitted to use the Richards to River section of Hotel Street, creating a bike friendly environment that has led to its designation as a bike route. The Thomas Square section is open to all traffic and is typically lined with parked cars on both its side. Because the street is so short, traffic speed is typically low. While the Richards Street section is a bike route, there is currently no bike infrastructure on the Thomas Square section of Hotel Street.
What the Oahu Bike Plan calls for:
The Oahu Bike Plan calls for bike infrastructure to be installed on Hotel Street from Ward Avenue to Alapai Transit Center. Initially, sharrows are to be installed on the street with bike lanes being introduced in the far future. The infrastructure on this section of Hotel Street will help complete the existing system of bike routes and paths that run across Young Street, through Honolulu Hale, and along the Ewa section of Hotel Street, providing a safe and quiet way to commute across Honolulu by bike. The estimated cost of the sharrows is roughly $13,000 and will produce a quarter mile of bike route. The projected cost of the lanes is $29,591. The Oahu Bike Plan designates the bike lanes on Hotel Street as medium priority but earmarks the sharrows for short range implementation.
What’s being done:
There are currently no plans to implement bike infrastructure on Hotel Street.