Protecting Hawaii's Pedestrians

Matthew Suapaia
Matthew Suapaia

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Keeping Hawaii's roads, safe.

That's what everyone wants to do.

Plans to improve pedestrian safety were in place before this year's Legislature.

A big part of the improvements? Installing countdown timers.

"Because you get to know if you should be walking, if there's 5 seconds, you stay walking here, and 5 seconds, you should walk or not," said Matthew Suapaia, pedestrian.

Pedestrians favor a numeric warning instead of the traditional one.

"Because you're not sure when it's going to change or not and some cars go by really fast. And these signs, sometimes they don't change," said Ahndy Kinney, pedestrian.

That's why the state will be adding more of them around Oahu.

Beginning next month, state crews will install 68 new pedestrian countdown timers on Farrington Highway in Waipahu.

They also plan to do the same on Ala Moana Boulevard and possibly Nimitz and Vineyard. They're areas with a high number of foot traffic.

"I feel unsafe because sometimes people cross on the red light. So it's kinda scary," said Brandon Cabanting, pedestrian.

Crews are also restriping faded crosswalks on Farrington Highway from Nanakuli to Makaha. They're also moving intersection stop lines further back from certain crosswalks to give drivers more reaction time. Transportation officials hope all of this will help to protect pedestrians.