City takes over private bike path in Leeward Oahu

Ewa Beach

A long-standing dispute involving a Leeward Oahu bike path has finally been resolved.

The city announced Monday that it has taken over a portion of a bike path that was built on property owned by the West Loch Fairways Community Association.

The city says it will also maintain the area and assume liability for it.

“It’s taken us a while to get it done, but it’s always difficult when you take about 100,000 square feet of easement and liability,” said city Department of Transportation Services director Mike Formby, “but it’s a win-win for the community. It’s a win-win for bikers, for the association, and for the public in general.”

The once-disputed bike path is part of a larger plan by the city and state to create the Leeward Bike Path, which will eventually stretch uninterrupted from West Oahu to past Pearl Harbor.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he is also working on his plan for a bike-friendly community in Honolulu.

A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. to get input from the community on the existing King Street bike lane as well as a second one on South Street.

City: Blue and green, State: Red
Color breakdown: Blue and green (city), and red (state)

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