New cameras, signs to improve Lanikai parking, traffic congestion

(Photo: City and County of Honolulu)

The city will continue testing out its pilot project this weekend to find a solution to the traffic backlog in Lanikai.

Last weekend, it restricted parking in some areas and received mainly positive feedback from residents saying conditions were better than they had been before.

So this weekend, the city will be setting up cameras to count the number of cars going in and out of the area.

“During the week, we count the number of cars, we look at the traffic congestion, and we see whether or not the three-day weekend was better than the following two-day weekend, because it definitely should not have been under normal circumstances,” said Department of Transportation Services director Mike Formby.

Last week, the city also installed new signs along roads in Kailua.

The signs warn drivers heading to Lanikai of limited parking and increased traffic on weekends and holidays.

(Photo: City and County of Honolulu)
(Photo: City and County of Honolulu)

The goal is to encourage drivers to park elsewhere and walk into Lanikai loop, bike or take the bus, or head to a different beach entirely.

Parking and traffic congestion have long been issues as Lanikai Beach is a popular attraction for both tourists and residents.

On Presidents Day, the city put up barriers to prevent vehicles from parking on the right side of the loop.

City officials say if this pilot project is effective, they will consider making it permanent.

Lanikai loop includes Aalapapa and Mokulua drives, where a bike lane runs along the right side of both streets.

Parking is always prohibited in the bike lane with a potential fine of $200.

(Photo: City and County of Honolulu)
(Photo: City and County of Honolulu)

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