Plans to install new protected bike lanes hit speed bump

New proposed bill targets future Honolulu bike lanes
Published: Nov. 4, 2015 at 10:48 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 4, 2015 at 11:47 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Is the bike lane on King Street safe?

Some Honolulu City Council members don't think so -- and their concerns could delay plans for a new one.

Under a new City Council proposal, which passed a second reading Wednesday and now heads to committee for future discussion, the city would need to get approval from council members before any future bike lanes are installed.

City Council members who support the measure say there were flaws with how the Caldwell administration went about installing the protected bike lane on King Street. Going forward, they want more transparency and dialogue, not just with the City Council, but with businesses that will be affected.

The city had hoped to install a second protected bike lane on South Street later this year.

But after opposition from various businesses and stakeholders, it's now delayed.

Council member Trevor Ozawa said businesses in the area "feel they are not being heard and they're not part of the process."

Ozawa said he feels there is a lot to learn from the bike lane experiment on King Street.

He said the new measure would allow more community input, improve communication, and require that future bike lanes be approved by the Council.

The city hasn't come out against the idea.

"I'm open to a more public process, engaging more businesses, more stakeholders, more motorists, whatever it takes," said Michael Formby, city's Department of Transportation Services director.

Formby says he's already reached out to businessed on South Street and agreed to more detailed discussions.

"I always think there's an opportunity to do things better," he said. "That's always been my philosophy. I think the process that we've done so far with King Street, 15 public meetings, has been a very transparent process, but we can do more."

Other bike lanes are slated for Ward Avenue, Piikoi Street, and Pensacola Street.

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