LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Parking changes in Lanikai are in store for the Presidents Day weekend as the city tries to address growing safety concerns.
Over the weekend, drivers will not be allowed to park on the “unimproved” sidewalk on the right side of the road along the Lanikai loop – which includes Alapapa and Mokulua Drives. This is to ensure emergency vehicles, residents and visitors will be able to get through.
“The city is taking this action because traffic congestion in Lanikai has become so severe on holidays and weekends that it is now a safety issue,” Director of Transportation Services Mike Formby said in a statement. “During severe traffic congestion caused in part by illegally parked cars and pedestrians forced into the roadway, emergency first responders have experienced difficulty getting into and out of Lanikai."
Formby said the weekend changes are just a test to see if it's effective enough to implement permanently.
Those who park in the restricted area over the Presidents Day weekend will be subject to citation and tow by the Honolulu Police Department. Barriers will be placed adjacent to the bike lane along the Lanikai loop to notify drivers of the restriction.
Normally, parking in a bike lane is not allowed, and drivers could face fines of up to $200.