Bike lane experiment snarls Waialae Ave. commute

Published: Sep. 21, 2011 at 2:00 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 21, 2011 at 2:49 AM HST
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Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

KAIMUKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Wednesday is day two of a three day city experiment to determine if one of the five lanes on Waialae Avenue can be closed permanently so the acquired space can be used for dedicated bike lanes.

The experiment began Tuesday morning when the city closed one of three Honolulu-bound lanes. Traffic slowed to a crawl. The lane will remain closed as the experiment continues through Thursday.

"We're doing it over three days because if it were just one day, the first day everyone is a little confused. They are not quite sure what's going on. The second and third day will allow things to stabilize and we'll get a truer read on whether or not we can operate that way or not," said Wayne Yoshioka, city director of the Department of Transportation Services.

If the city decides against the bike lanes, it may go with something it calls "sharrows." They are lanes cars and bikes share and are marked with arrows to remind drivers they may encounter a high volume of bicyclists.

Once this three day experiment is over the city will take a month or two to evaluate how things went. It is possible permanent changes will be implemented when the road is re-paved early next year.

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