City to restrict parking in Lanikai during Thanksgiving weekend

City to restrict parking in Lanikai during Thanksgiving weekend

LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services notified all Oahu motorists and residents of Lanikai that this coming Thanksgiving Day weekend, 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 Aalapapa 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 people or equipment on the bike lane.  Bike lanes are reserved for bicyclists.  This holiday weekend, 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 Aalapapa and Mokulua Drives over the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

"Residents of Lanikai have confirmed that barricades on the bike lane side of the loop improve traffic congestion on busy holiday weekends.  If it takes barricades to enforce existing laws, DTS will continue to put them up until the permanent no parking signs are installed," said Director of Transportation Services Mike Formby.

Motorists who park on the right side of the Lanikai loop over the four-day Thanksgiving Day weekend (November 26-29, 2015), impede emergency response, or park, drive, stop, or unload on the bike lane will be subject to citation and/or tow by the Honolulu Police Department.

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