Crews install new bike lane on McCully St.
It's all about making connections, according to those behind the city's bike plan. Without a larger network of bike lanes around town, it's tough to entice more people to get out of their cars.
HONOLULU - It's all about making connections, according to those behind the city's bike plan.
Without a larger network of bike lanes around town, it's tough to entice more people to get out of their cars.
That's why the city began striping McCully Street this week where the city says cyclists make an average of 1,000 trips a day.
"We hope everyone will stay the course with us as we continue to roll out a grid for everyone," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
The city intends to expand the bike grid adding South Street next month.
But this week crews began transforming McCully, from Citron to Kapiolani Blvd.
Expect to see a dedicated bike lane for most of this stretch.
But in a couple of areas, bikers and motorists will have to share the road.
The city can't make the entire area dedicated until it reconstructs and realigns the roadway, sometime down the future.
It said the short-term changes should make it safer for bikers, drivers and pedestrians.
"Bike lanes help drivers with clarity and help pedestrians too, by helping to slow everybody down,"
In order to make this bike lane work, the city is eliminating 30 parking spaces but it will be installing loading zones to help business in the Waiola area.
The McCully Shoe Repair shop has been around for 60 years.
The owner learned of the plan a month and a half ago.
"I am happy, if they give me loading zone parking," said small businessman Richard Pae.
The city said the spaces it eliminated were substandard, and created a hazard with cars parking on the narrow roadway and sometimes on the sidewalk.
Broken glass tells the story where cars have been sideswiped.
The city underscored its rules about parking on the street.
"You need 7-foot width minimum, otherwise you are infringing into the travel space the travel lane needs to be 9-10 feet minimum," said Complete Streets Coordinator Michael Packard.
One lane here on McCully, one lane there on King Street.
It is all part of a push for complete streets and a strategy to boost bikers on the road.
"You can get to a lot of places by bike. And that’s what we want to do is open up neighborhoods, bring businesses to small business and give people choice on how to get around town," said Bike Share Hawaii’s Lori McCarney.
McCarney rode down in heels, dress and a blinged-out helmet to show you can get around in style too.
Bike Share Hawaii said it’s still on track to roll out 1,000 bikes at 100 stations from Diamond Head to Chinatown by the summer.