Police issue tickets for bike riding and skateboarding on sidewalks

It’s illegal to ride a bicycle or skateboard on a sidewalk in Waikiki. If you break the law, you may get a ticket.

That’s what happened to dozens of people this week.

Police were out to enforce the rule at the Ala Wai Canal Promenade after complaints from residents.

On Monday, officers issued eight bicycle and skateboard violations. On Tuesday, 10 people were cited. Another 10 were ticketed on Wednesday and Thursday.

The citation is a $55 fine.

It is also illegal to bike on a sidewalk in downtown Honolulu.

More information:

Sec. 15-4.6 Use of bicycles, skateboards, roller skates and similar devices restricted.
(a) For purposes of this section, “Waikiki” means the Waikiki special district as described in Section 21-9.80-2.
(b) No person upon a skateboard or roller skates, or riding in or by means of any toy vehicle or similar device, shall go upon any roadway, except while crossing a street. When so crossing, such person shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians.
(c) No person shall ride a bicycle, skateboard or roller skates upon any sidewalk in Waikiki. Subsection (b) notwithstanding, no person may ride a skateboard or roller skates on any roadway in Waikiki.
(d) The director of transportation services shall erect official signs on or adjacent to sidewalks or roadways within Waikiki giving notice of the prohibitions of this section. The absence of such signs shall not be a defense to any prosecution for any violation of this section.
(e) Any person committing a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of $25.00.
(f) Police officers and any other authorized officers shall issue a citation for any violation of this section, except they may arrest when the alleged violator refuses to cease the illegal activity after being issued a citation. Except as provided herein, the issuance and form of the citation shall be as provided in HRS Section 803-6.
(Sec. 15-4.7, R.O. 1978 (1987 Supp. to 1983 Ed.); Am. Ord. 95-15, 96-58, 01-48)

Sec. 15-18.7 Riding on sidewalks.
(a) No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.
(b) The director of transportation services is authorized to erect official signs on any sidewalk or roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person, and when such signs are in place no person shall disobey the same.
(c) Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
(d) No person shall ride a bicycle equipped with a motor on any sidewalk.
(Sec. 15-18.7, R.O. 1978 (1983 Ed.))

*Business district is noted as locations such as Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki.

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