A Safer Kaonohi St for All!
Monday May 8 7:30pm, the City Department of Transportation Services will present to the Aiea Neighborhood Board a proposal to “right size” (or “road diet”) Kaonohi Street mauka of Moanalua Road. The right sizing will change the street from 2 lanes in each direction, to one lane in each direction, a center left turn lane, and bike lanes. This will not only create a dedicated space for bicycling, but will make a safer street for all by reducing speeding, reducing pedestrian crossing distance, and making left turns much safer. The Federal Highway Administration urges the use of right sizings, because studies have concluded that they reduce collisions and injuries by 19-47% for all users. According to Department of Health numbers in the period between 2010-2014, in the proposed right sizing section of Kaonohi St there were 15 motorist, 9 pedestrian, and 1 bicyclist crash that required ambulance response. Let’s reduce this! What about traffic? At the level of traffic on Kaonohi (about 9,400 car trips per day), the right sizing transformation shouldn’t create any congestion, just less speeding. And what about parking? No parking needs to be removed. The Kaonohi St is truly a win-win Complete Streets project that will create a safer and more pleasant street for all.
If you live in or care about the neighborhood served by Kaonohi St, please come Monday May 8 7:30pm Aiea Public Library Program Rm (99-374 Pohai Pl) to the Aiea Neighborhood Board to support the Complete Streets project!