'Complete Streets' project aims to make city streets saferUPDATED 10:32 PM HST Mar 21, 2014Video Transcript
Narrowed streets, reverse parking, and new road signs. Might not sound like popular ideas... but the city says its willing to CHALLENGE the public -- for the sake of making Hawaii cities -- SAFER. As KITV4s Lara Yamada reports... ...a new "Complete Streets" project debuted in Aiea today ... to test out the concept. 00-05 14-18 35-40 109113 135-139 NATS: 2233-36 Alright! Clapping Marking the start of a new initiative, $41,000 in repainted lines and new signs have transformed this high-traffic drag across from Aiea High School. BARBARA 2700-07 This is a very dangerous intersection, and because it's so wide, you have a lot of speedsters that just barrel down the street. Ulune Street is one of three roads this year, changing, for what's called the city's "Complete Streets" Project -- as it tests different ways to make roads safer for cars, bikes, and people. STANDUP: 4038-50 See these lines painted on the outside of the crosswalk? These are called bulbouts, and what it does, is narrow each of the lanes, making it a shorter distance for someone to cross the street, therefore making it safer. BARBARA: 2627-39 This is a high traffic area and it's right in front of our schools and what we find that the highest number of car crashes are with the school age kids and also the seniors. NATS: 2334 Yeah! Clapping About 20 new parking spaces give Oahu its first taste of "Back-In Angle Parking." With city planners making their case for why the community will learn to like it. BREENE: 2420-28 I know it will take time to get used to but it's safer, because when you back out of a stall that's when most accidents occur. Also noting: passengers and your trunk -- will be channeled away from the street and toward the sidewalk. BREENE: 2500 All in all it's proven to be much safer. Kailua Road is up next -- as is North King Street -- which will also replace parking and tow away zones -- with a bike lane -- running from downtown to University Avenue. MAYOR: 430 We're passionate about making our streets safer and better for everyone. Lara Yamada KITV4 News. The city plans to do more of those "bulbouts" in other areas -- which extends the curb, but narrows the road. It says that will make it easier -- especially for seniors -- to make it across lanes in time. And, studies have found -- narrowing lanes, typically slows down traffic. The mayor says the city will be testing those areas, asking for feedback, and adjusting as need be.