Safety concerns raised after vehicle hits student riding bicycle near school


An elementary school student was not seriously hurt after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday morning, right in front of Ewa Makai Middle School.

We first learned about it from a viewer who reached out to KHON2 using the Report It feature on our website, telling us the child was riding a bicycle.

We checked with Honolulu police and the Department of Education. The DOE told us no injuries were reported and the student was back in school.

Daniel Alexander from the Hawaii Bicycling League says there are a lot of students from Ewa Makai Middle and nearby schools who ride bicycles.

“There is decent bike infrastructure in the area, which means people use it. It’s also relatively flat too, so all the kids are using their bike to school which is a great thing,” said Alexander.

But right-turn slip lanes make intersections a potential danger zone.

“It’s kind of designed to take a higher speed, which of course you don’t have to slow down as much and look for someone crossing the street,” said Alexander.

Alexander said right-turn slip lanes are no longer standard design. A new approach is to add what’s called a traffic hump, something that can now be found at the intersection of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard.

“That causes the drivers to slow down and make sure to see someone so they yield to someone,” Alexander explained.

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