BY CITY COUNCIL MEMBER STANLEY CHANG – The City’s Department of Transportation Services recently shared its “O‘ahu Bike Plan” with the Council Committee on Transportation. The OBP has four goals:
- increase the mode share of bicycle trips
- enhance cooperation between roadway users
- encourage and promote bicycling as a safe, convenient, and pleasurable means of travel
- be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle-Friendly Community
The OBP gives examples of existing bikeway projects including Kalakaua Avenue east of Kapahulu and Dole Street bike lanes and Ala Wai and Paki Avenue bike paths. The plan also highlights several current projects in District 4 including:
- a bike lane and sharrows on Kalakaua from Ala Moana to Kapahulu
- a bicycle accessible shoulder on the east side of Keala‘olu Avenue in Kahala
- a project to complete a “lei of parks” which connects Ala Moana Beach Park and Kapiolani Park
via offstreet paths
Other programs that are a part of the plan include more bicycle racks, bicycle lockers, a bike share program, and BikeEd Hawaii, a city sponsored program that teaches 6,000 fourth graders how to ride safely.
I've already written about this on my blog (https://www.hawaiicyclist.com/star-advertiser-commands-hawaii-lets-get-on-our-bikes-and-ride/), but it's clear that if Honolulu really wants to tackle their traffic problem they're going to have to give serious consideration to giving adequate infrastructure to bicyclists in this city. The City Council needs to not just approve the bike plan but fast track it.
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