Ask HPD: Is it legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk?

Honolulu Police Department Capt. Andrew Lum answers this week’s question.

Question: Is it legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk?

Answer: The answer depends on where. A bicyclist cannot ride a bike on the sidewalk in business districts, like Waikiki and downtown Honolulu or in areas where signs prevent it.

Pedestrians have the right of way on a sidewalk especially when there is a bike lane provided.

Generally, the bicyclist can ride a bicycle on sidewalks anywhere outside a business district.

If bicyclists are riding a bike in a business district and want to get on the sidewalk, simply get off of your bike and walk along side it on the sidewalk.

The fine for riding the bike on the sidewalk in a business district can be a $55 or $72 fine.

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