The city’s Department of Transportation Services is notifying motorists and residents of Lanikai that this coming Thanksgiving 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.
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.
“Residents of Lanikai have confirmed that barricades on the bike lane side of the loop improve traffic congestion on busy holiday weekends. If it takes barricades to enforce existing laws, DTS will continue to put them up until the permanent ‘no parking’ signs are installed,” said Director of Transportation Services Mike Formby.
Meanwhile, the department has submitted its work order for the permanent installation of “No Parking” signs on the bike lane sides of Aalapapa Drive and Mokulua Drive, signs that will bring attention to existing parking restrictions under the Traffic Code.
Motorists who park on the right side of the Lanikai loop over the four-day weekend (November 26-29), 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 Statehood Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Presidents’ Day and Labor Day weekends.