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New bike lane and parking stalls confuse drivers

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

There was plenty of confusion on King Street in Honolulu. Today is the first day cars are allowed to park next to the new dedicated bike lane that runs from Alapai Street and Isenberg Street, with the except of the evening rush hour from 3:30 to 6:30. It's definitely taking some getting used to.

Car after car made the same mistake. They were driving in the left lane on King Street and unknowingly pulled up behind parked cars and waited.

"Do you know the cars in front are parked?" I asked.

"Oh really!" responded Bidma Copeland, from Makiki

"Yes so everyone is doing what you are doing, waiting for them to move," I said.

"Oh my God! I didn't know that. That's crazy," said Copeland.

"It is absolutely disgusting and as soon as I get back home I am going to call the Mayor's office and I'm going to let him know what I think of it and it's going to affect the way I vote next time to I guarantee you," said Karl Krout, from Waialae Iki Ridge.

People were also having trouble pulling into and out of driveways.

"That was scary because I didn't know where I was going either. Coming in with all the cars trying to get out and me trying to get in and I really couldn't tell where I was going," said Cindy Yuen, from Hawaii Kai.

Some feel it's an accident waiting to happen.

"They should have some kind of sign or something to say it's a parking lane, and I just heard a screech right now," said Albert Keomaka, from Downtown Honolulu.

"I hope not. We never hope for accidents. They have worked in other cities and environments," said Michael Formby, Honolulu Transportation Services Director.

Then there was this guy on his phone, riding his moped, in the wrong direction of traffic.

The City spent $100,000 on the new Cycle track in order to keep bicyclists safer. There is a sign warning people of the parked cars ahead and advising them to merge right. The transition could take a few months.

"Now the motorists have to adjust. It will take some time. You only have to do that once, you sit behind a parked car one time and you learn that it's parked there and you need to merge right," said Formby.

Bikers already looking forward to the benefits.

"It's not really a bike friendly city perhaps. It's pretty hard to get around on bike without being on the sidewalk or out on the street with the cars so I'm going to like it," said Dean Shermak, bicyclist from Ala Moana.

The Transportation Director and HPD officers will be in the area Tuesday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 warning people to merge lanes. Parking is available now. The bike lane doesn't fully open until December 6.

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