Waikiki is a neighborhood located in urban Honolulu along the seaside by Diamond Head. The center of Hawaii’s tourist industry, Waikiki is noted for its hotels and beaches. According to its neighborhood board, Waikiki is confined to the area between the Ala Wai Canal, the ocean, and Kapahulu Avenue. Because of its popularity with tourists, a sizeable portion of travel in Waikiki is not by automobile but by bus, bike, or foot. Because Waikiki is bounded by the ocean on one side and the Ala Wai Canal on the other, travel in and out of the neighborhood is limited to a handful of roads and bridges. Waikiki already has bike infrastructure on Ala Wai Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue, two of its major roads.
What the Oahu Bike Plan calls for:
The Oahu Bike Plan seeks to extend the existing bike infrastructure in Waikiki. Bike lanes would be added to Ala Moana Boulevard while signage and sharrows would extend the reach of the Ala Wai and Kalakaua bike lanes. Bike routes would be added to Kalia, Saratoga, and Ena Roads, allowing cyclists to travel to and from the main roads in relative comfort. A route would also be established on Kuhio Avenue, offering a secondary route across Waikiki for cyclists. Given the existing popularity of cycling in Waikiki, the Oahu Bike Plan designates the majority of the projects there as high priority.
- Ala Moana Boulevard, Kalakaua Avenue to Fort Street Mall, Lane
- Ala Wai Boulevard, Keoniana Street to Kalakaua Avenue, Route
- Ena Road, Kalakaua Avenue to Ala Moana Boulevard, Route
- Kalakaua Avenue, Saratoga Road to Kapahulu Avenue, Lane
- Kalia Road, Ala Moana Boulevard to Saratoga Road, Route
- Saratoga Road, Kalia Road to Kalakaua Avenue, Route
What’s being done:
In late 2012 the city installed bike lanes on Kalakaua, completing a major section of the Oahu Bike Plan. To date, the City’s Department of Transportation Services is considering completing the projects on Ena, Kalia, and Saratoga Road though no formal plans have yet to be completed. There are no plans to complete the rest of the planned infrastructure at this time.