Plan for pedestrian walkways creates controversyUPDATED 10:16 PM HST Mar 27, 2014Video Transcript
that would put pedestrian walkways across the Ala Wai is pitting residents on either side against each other. Here's KITV4's Brenton Awa with our top story. 4247 - BRENTON "YUNJI -- THE ALA WAI CANAL SEPARATES MOILIILI MCCULLY FROM WAIKIKI. PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS WOULD BRIDGE THAT GAP... THAT'S SOMETHING WAIKIKI RESIDENTS TO HAPPEN BUT THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE SAYING NOT SO FAST." 3708 - KEN SENTNER "THAT'S NOT AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE, IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S BEING BUILT MORE FOR THE RESIDENTS OF WAIKIKI TO ESCAPE WAIKIKI AND I CANT BLAME THEM FOR THAT." Six pedestrian bike friendly bridges are part of a proposal in the city's new Waikiki traffic study ... Mo'ili'ili residents say the city should spend it's money elsewhere -- but their neighbors across the canal say the concept is a must for Waikiki. 2424- BOB FINLEY "IT'S REALLY UNFAIR TO OUR UH STUDENTS WHO RIDE THEIR BIKES TO UH AND BACK AND HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY DOWN TO MCCULLY." The main purpose of the plan is to make a better connection between Ala Moana and Waikiki. That's because of rail -- which is expected to bring more tourists from the airport to the initial last stop in Ala Moana. 2733 - MARK GARRITY "THERE ARE CONNECTIONS THAT CAN BE MADE AT ALA MOANA USING BUSES THAT CAN CONNECT TO SPECIFIC AREAS OF WAIKIKI, HAVING MORE DIRECT SERVICE, FEWER STOPS FOR EXAMPLE, MORE EXPRESS SERVICE OR EVEN HAVING SPECIAL TYPES OF BUSES." Upgrades to Waikiki's city bus routes are highlighted in the plan... The same is done for bike riders -- where there's a proposed 7-miles of interconnected bike path in the study -- focused on pedestrian safety. 3751 - RODNEY EVANS "IT'S CRAZY, I MEAN I RIDE A BICYCLE I DON'T RIDE DOWN KAPIOLANI IN HEAVY TRAFFIC, IM NOT NUTS." and as it stands -- traffic or not -- residents say it's impossible to ride through some areas because of disconnected paths. 3837 - RODNEY EVANS "A BIKE PATH AND A PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY IS THE SAME AS A ROADWAY, AND IF YOUR ROADWAY ENDS, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? GET OUT OF YOUR CAR AND GO BORROW A CAR FROM SOMEBODY ELSE WHERE IT CONTINUES." 4427 - BRENTON "THE CITY STRESSES THIS STUDY IS MORE OF A CONCEPT THAN A PLAN. IT'S FOCUS WILL BE ON IMROVING THE RAIL TO BUS SERVICE. AT THE ALA WAI CANAL, I'M BRENTON AWA FOR KITV4 NEWS."