LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services notified all O'ahu motorists and residents of Lanikai that this Kamehameha Day holiday through the following weekend (June 11 – 14, 2015), no parking of motor vehicles will be permitted on the unimproved sidewalk on the right side of the road along the Lanikai loop, in order to ensure access to Lanikai for emergency vehicles, residents, and visitors.
The Lanikai loop includes Alapapa Drive and Mokulua Drive, where a bike lane runs along the right side of both streets. Parking is always prohibited in the bike lane, with a potential fine of $200. Motorists should also not drive on the bike lane, stop and/or unload on the bike lane. Bike lanes are reserved for bicyclists. This Kamehameha holiday and following weekend (June 11 – 14, 2015), barriers will be placed adjacent to the bike lane on the Lanikai loop notifying motorists that no parking is permitted on the right side of Alapapa and Mokulua Drives. (Map attached)
"The city is continuing its program to use barricades on the bike lane side of the Lanikai loop because history has shown that the barricades reduce traffic congestion and ease safety concerns on holidays and three-day weekends by physically preventing motorists from illegally parking on the bike lane side of the loop," said Director of Transportation Services Mike Formby.
Motorists who park on the right side of the Lanikai loop between June 11th and June 14th, impede emergency response, or park on the bike lane will be subject to citation and/or tow by the Honolulu Police Department.
With but one way in and out, severe traffic congestion in Lanikai has increasingly negatively impacted residents. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, consider alternative means to access Lanikai beach, such as by riding The Bus, walking and/or biking, or seek alternative beaches for recreation between June 11th and June 14th.
Parking was similarly restricted in Lanikai over the President's Day and Memorial Day weekends.