Biki Bike push back from Kakaako residents
More than a hundred people have signed a petition against a Biki Bike station planned for Kolowalu Park.
HONOLULU - More than a hundred people have signed a petition against a Biki Bike station planned for Kolowalu Park.
The residents of Hokua, Koolani and Kalia high rises who oppose the plan, think a better location is on the mauka side. They argue the area where it is currently planned is heavily used by young children and the elderly and makes it unsafe for those trying to get in and out of the driveway to the Hokua building.
On Wednesday, residents asked the Hawaii Community Development Authority for help in relocating the bike stations more mauka.
"Queen's lanes is very short and very narrow. It' two lanes. There are shops lining it across from the park so people cross there frequently and they don’t often look right or left. So, to add rented bicycles in that mix, just adds more congestion and potential for issues, said Hokua resident Ed Hampton.
"Where that location its right at a crosswalk. It's at Queen's Lane which is designated as a pedestrian bike friendly street which is slower. The bike station they propose is across a five-lane street so it’s really not as bike friendly" said Biki Bikes Program Manager Justine Espiritu.
The residents said they weren't notified that the site was being considered, and didn't turn out to testify when the access was granted to Biki Bikes in June.
They have identified ten other sites nearby which they think are better locations. But, Biki said many of those are on property owned by Howard Hughes Corporation which has already designated two areas for bike stations. It is also a major donor of the bike share program.