City outlines plans for more bike lanes in downtown Honolulu

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We’re learning more about the city’s plans to add more bike lanes to downtown Honolulu.

The city held a public meeting Wednesday night.

The plan is to add a two-way protected bike lane on Bishop Street between Beretania Street and Nimitz Highway, plus a bike lane along Punchbowl Street, and extend the two-way protected King Street bike lane from Alapai to Bishop streets. 

  • South King Street: An extension of the existing two-way protected bicycle lane along the mauka side of the road, between Alapai Street and Bishop Street.
  • Punchbowl Street: Addition of bicycle facilities between Vineyard Boulevard and Ala Moana Boulevard, including:
    • Sharrows between Vineyard Boulevard and South King Street.
    • A two-way protected bicycle lane on the Diamond Head side between South King Street and Pohukaina Street.
    • A one-way protected bike lane (mauka direction) and sharrows (makai direction) between Pohukaina Street and Ala Moana Boulevard.
  • Bishop Street: Addition of a two-way protected bicycle lane along the Diamond Head side of the street between Beretania Street and Nimitz Highway.

According to the city, the proposed designs reflect expressed community desires, with no reduction in street parking, no removal of loading zones, limited traffic delay impacts, safer bicycle connections to key destinations, and dedicated bicycle signals at intersections.

“So all three of those, where we’re putting a protected bike lane, we are removing a travel lane to get that space. We’re not removing parking, not removing any loading zones, but we are removing a travel lane, and so that will have some impact to traffic, but it’s a fairly minimal impact and we can mitigate that by signal timing,” said Chris Sayers, the city’s bicycle coordinator.

Draft concept designs and more information are posted online here.

The city is accepting comments and suggestions about its plan through Oct. 1 via email at completestreets@honolulu.gov.

The city hopes to start work on the new bike lanes next year.

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