City to announce new bike lane project at upcoming public meeting

Several months after the City and County of Honolulu opened the King Street protected bike lane, Department of Transportation Services officials will announce future bikeway projects in Honolulu next month at a future bikeway projects public meeting at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center.

Avid bike-rider Elwood Mott says he would like to see some changes to the project.

“If they get the parking off the side of the bike lane then at least people can see each other,” Mott said. “Where they need another one, probably through Kalihi.”

Oahu has 46 miles of bike paths, 52 miles of bike lanes and 26 miles of bike routes, according to the City’s Department of Transportation Services website. KHON reached out to the Department of Transportation Services director to find out where the next bike lane will be.

“I can tell you that the King Street protected bike lane is still a pilot program and one of the things we learned is that we will probably not put down asphalt barricades,” said director Mike Formby. “Even though it serves a purpose, we probably won’t do that. It will be in this area basically the downtown to Waikiki area because that’s where we need to have this bicycle grid.”

The Hawaii Bicycling League, on the other hand, wants to see a minimum grid of protected bike lanes– where there is one within a half mile.

Daniel Alexander, the league’s planning and communication director, says, “we have this great King street which runs east west, but we need to get people mauka makai into the places they live and the places they need to go.”

City statistics show the King Street protected bike lane has increased bike ridership by 79 percent and people riding on the sidewalk is down. But not everyone has seen a difference.

“Because we are pedestrians we think the bike lane is wonderful, ” said Honolulu resident Kathy Dye, “But we wish people would use it.”

Karl Dye, said he sees “more bicycle riders on the sidewalk then pedestrians.”

A public meeting on this new project will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center.

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