South King Street offers more parking now, bike lane later

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One of Honolulu’s main corridors now offers more parking.

It’s only because the City is doing a traffic study, which they purposely kept from the public.

The City says they didn’t tell residents about the study on South King Street because they didn’t want people to change their driving habits.

Up until recently, no one was allowed to park on South King Street during afternoon peak hours, but the City has taken down the tow-away zone signs offering people parking at all times.

“It’s convenient,” Makiki resident Nicolas Logue said.

The City is looking to put a bike lane on this street which is part of the Oahu Bike Plan. The Department of Transportation Services is figuring out how to do that so they’re doing a traffic study. The city could just convert the makai lane into a bike lane. To see how removing a lane affects traffic, they’re allowing people to park on South King between South Street and University Avenue between afternoon peak hours. The study is expected to wrap up at the end of November.

Although the city told all the businesses about this study and even posted fliers, they failed to mention it to the area neighborhood board which heard about details, on Thursday night.

“My main concern is information and communication,” McCully/Moiliili Neighborhood Board member Serena Kyi-Yim said. “In general, the Board would like to know what’s going on.”

The city apologized for not alerting board members in McCully and Moiliili. But they didn’t apologize for not alerting the public. That was planned because engineers want to get results of normal driving behavior.

“Most people don’t seem to drive in this lane. I think they assume you can park here,” Logue said.

Residents believe that removing a lane for parking now might not affect traffic but when school starts again, it might be a different story.

“It’s still a concern of how it’s going to affect traffic,” Kyi-Yim said.

The city is also putting a bike lane on Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki this summer and another one on Beretania Street but they are not sure when.

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