The Transportation Committee passed HB857 at their 2/8/19 hearing. Thank you to the 41 of you that submitted testimony in opposition – this was definitely heard. While acknowledging the testimony in opposition and concern, the committee elected to move the bill forward to “continue the conversation”. Despite the fact that no bike-pedestrian injuries have been recorded on this section of the Civic Center Path, committee members said that had heard of close calls and that they’d like to see safety improvements. HBL, Hawaii DOT, and many others testified that if the desire is to make the path more comfortable for walking and biking that the solution is to widen it (for which there is ample space). We’ll be working hard to make sure this bill doesn’t advance as written and instead encouraging action to widen/improve the path. Please make sure you’re on our Bike Advocacy Team email list to get the latest on when testimony is needed.
Ban bikes from riding on the Civic Center Path that runs between Iolani Palace and the Capitol??? In spite of the fact that this is a crucial part of our bikeway network serving countless bicyclists, that is exactly what HB857 would do.
HB857 – Bicycle and motor scooter traffic prohibited; state capitol area. No person shall operate a bicycle or motor scooter within the state capitol area, specifically the area of Honolulu bounded by Richards, Beretania, Punchbowl, and King Streets that includes the grounds of the Hawaii state capitol and lolani Palace, and the main branch of the Hawaii state library.
HB857 is scheduled for a hearing 2/8/19 10:00am. Please submit opposing testimony by Thursday 2/7!
How to Submit Testimony
- Click here to create an account Hawaii legislator (it only takes a second)
- Click here for HB857
- Select “Submit Testimony”
- Write your testimony (it doesn’t need to be long)
Why HB857 is a bad idea
- The Civic Center Path is the primary bikeway that connects Downtown with everything east of Downtown
- Prohibiting bicycling on the Civic Center Path would do two things:
- 1. Force people to bike on King St and Beretania St on these sections that have NO bike lanes and a history of safety issues (in the last 10 years the 1-block of King St and Beretania St had 6 and 1 serious bicycle injuries, respectively)
- 2. Lead to fewer people bicycling = more driving, more congestion, more pollution, more parking problems, etc
- The Oahu Bike Plan includes widening the Civic Center Path as a priority 1 project – the path should be improved, not eliminated for use.
- We need more safe places for people to bike, not less!
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