LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you're heading to Lanikai this weekend, heads up: You might want to take the city bus.
Parking will be prohibited on all public roads and shoulders in Lanikai over the three-day President's Day weekend as part of a pilot project aimed at alleviating traffic in the area.
The city, police and residents have teamed up for the project. They say severe congestion in Lanikai on weekends and holidays is a safety concern.
"The popularity of Lanikai keeps growing and it just outstrips the parking available," said Mike Groza, president of the Lanikai Association.
The city has designated the area a "special enforcement district," which means no parking will be allowed on public roads and shoulders from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
"I don't know if this is the right answer," said Lanikai resident Joey Harpstrite. "It's going to be pretty frustrating for a lot of residents who depend on that parking."
Police will be enforcing the no-parking rule. Violators will get a $35 citation. Anyone who parks in the bike lane will get a $200 ticket.
City transportation services director Mike Formsby said the city will increase TheBus service on Route 70 in and out of Lanikai during the weekend. "Other than that, people can walk in, they can bike in, and they can get dropped off by their friends," he said.
Officials took the measure after consulting with residents, the Lanikai Association and the Kailua Neighborhood Board, and said this was a last resort. City Councilman Ikaika Anderson said it had to be done because the traffic could prevent emergency vehicles from responding to calls in the neighborhood of some 1,600 people.
"To protect the health, welfare, quality of life of the residents in this community, it's time that the city enforce the existing traffic code," said Anderson.
Anderson and Formby said the city will look at this weekend's trial period closely to see if the parking enforcement alleviates the traffic congestion. Not everyone is happy about it.
"You know, I'm probably gonna end up parking at a friend's house outside of Lanikai," said Harpstrite. "And that's gonna be a bummer."
Message boards will be posted in the area.
The City is also providing extra buses to Lanikai. Route 70 Lanikai-Maunawilli will provide additional service between Kailua Town and Lanikai from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Presidents' Day, February 13-15, 2016. The regular Route 70 will continue to operate its regular route.
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