City planning to put a protected bike lane on South King StreetUPDATED 10:30 PM HST Apr 09, 2014Video Transcript
expected next week. Move over motorists -- a major artery through town could soon have more bicyclists sharing the road. KITV4's Brenton Awa has tells you what those changes will look like. 00-05 24-30 50-56 1:37-1:43 BRENTON "THE CITY'S PEDDLING A PLAN TO PUT IN A PROTECTED BIKE LANE RIGHT HERE ON SOUTH KING STREET -- IN THIS LANE WHERE THESE CARS ARE PARKED. IT'LL RUN FROM ALAPA'I STREET ALL THE WAY DOWN TO UNIVERSITY AVENUE. And it'll won't affect the travel time for drivers That's what the city believes after doing a 6-month study of the six lane road. Where it temporarily turned one of those lanes into permanent street parking. Bringing six available lanes of travel down to five. 1236 - 1246 - MARK "ESSENTIALLY WHAT THAT DID WAS TAKE ONE LANE OUT OF COMMISSION FOR KING STREET AND THE STUDY SHOWED THAT THERE WAS NO IMPACT ON OVERALL TRAVEL TIMES." Now that lane's back in use for drivers during rush hour. Taking-it's-place on the opposite side-of-the-road will be the proposed bike lane... Ten-feet wide for two way traffic -- and protected from cars from an asphalt curb. 1755 - 1805 - BIKE "THIS IS THE BEST PRACTICE. YOU HAVE THE SIDEWALKS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND WHEELCHAIRS, YOU HAVE THE CYCLE TRACK FOR THE CYCLISTS, THEN YOU HAVE THE TRAVEL LANE FOR THE CARS." Last September the Hawaii Bicycling League did a bicycle count... And it's data showed that more than half of cyclists were riding on the sidewalk. That's illegal in commercial districts and can also be unsafe. 1552 - 1602 - BIKE "THEN THE PEOPLE USING THE SIDEWALK AS PEDESTRIANS OR WHEELCHAIR RIDERS, THEY FEEL UNCOMFORTA BLE BECAUSE NOW SOMEBODY GOING A LITTLE FASTER THAN THEM IS ON THERE." With the new lane bicyclists expect sidewalks to clear up ... But for how long? The city says this is just a pilot program expected to last for two-years 1453 - 1459 - MARK "RATHER THAN JUST STUDYING THINGS, WE WANT TO ACTUALLY PUT THINGS ON THE GROUND AND SEE HOW IT WORKS. THAT'S REALLY THE BEST WAY TO MOVE FORWARD." BRENTON "HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE ONCE COMPLETE... ON THIS LANE PARKED CARS DURING OFF PEAK HOURS... THEN A CURB ... THEN THE BIKE LANE ... AND THEN THE SIDEWALK. IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLANNED THE CITY EXPECTS IT'S PILOT PROGRAM TO BE PUT IN BY THE END OF THE YEAR. REPORTING FROM S. KING STREET... BAWA KITV4 NEWS."