The city’s Department of Transportation Services is notifying Oahu motorists and residents of Lanikai that this coming Fourth of July holiday weekend, no parking of motor vehicles will be permitted on the unimproved sidewalk on the right side of the road along the Lanikai loop, in order to ensure access to Lanikai for emergency vehicles, residents, and visitors.
The Lanikai loop includes Aalapapa Drive and Mokulua Drive, 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. Motorists should also not drive on the bike lane, stop and/or unload people or equipment on the bike lane. Bike lanes are reserved for bicyclists.
This holiday weekend, barriers will be placed adjacent to the bike lane on the Lanikai loop notifying motorists that no parking is permitted on the right side of Aalapapa and Mokulua Drives over the Fourth of July weekend.
“The challenge we have because of the tourists and parking everywhere, bike lanes and police are towing a lot during those long weekends, but the biggest danger is getting those emergency vehicles they can’t get out of here,” said Lanikai resident Greg Kvaska.
Meanwhile, the city continues to work on permanent improvements that will enforce existing parking restrictions on the bike lane side of the Lanikai loop 24/7.
Motorists who park on the right side of the Lanikai loop over the Fourth of July weekend (July 3-5), impede emergency response; or park, drive, stop or unload on the bike lane will be subject to citation and/or tow by the Honolulu Police Department.
Parking was similarly restricted in Lanikai over Memorial Day and President’s Day weekend.