Concern from some residents in Kakaako after the City revealed Thursday night that it will not replace the parking stalls that would be lost by adding new protected bike lanes to the area.
The bike lanes would go on Pensacola Street from Wilder Avenue to Waimanu Street and on Ward Avenue from King Street to Ala Moana Boulevard.
About 70 parking stalls along Pensacola Street and Ward Avenue would have to be removed.
“Do you guys have any plans to add new parking spaces or doing something for the residents who have to park there?” asked one meeting attendee.”They’re going to lose their spot every night. Because it seems to me, I’m just going to have to park farther away.”
While the new bike lane may be bad news for those parking in the area, many bicyclists see it as an important addition to the system of bike lanes slowly coming together to connect urban Honolulu.
Last year, a new protected bike lane was added to South Street.
According to city officials, since the first protected bike lane was added on King Street, there have been fewer bicycle crashes.