Positive study results propel city plans for bike lanes in Kailua

Published: Mar. 2, 2016 at 2:34 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2016 at 9:16 PM HST
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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city is moving forward with plans to add dedicated bike lanes in Kailua.

During a public meeting on Tuesday Night at Kailua district Park, the city revealed results of a three-day traffic study on Hamakua drive.

The city is looking to add two dedicated bike lanes connecting Kailua town to Enchanted Lake.

The reconfiguration would remove lanes of traffic in some spots and precious parking stalls in others.

While bicyclists at the meeting welcomed the plan, others like Rowell Crivello, who own's Bob's Sports Bar on Hamakua drive, panned the idea.

"There's a lot of businesses that need to function," Crivello said. "They won't be able to operate very efficiently or operate at all with the bike lanes there restricting the movement of customers coming in and out of our driveways."

Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation Services, Mark Garrity is confident in the results of their three-day study.

"The results of the travel study show that it's not having a significant impact, so we feel comfortable with the concept," Garrity said.

A federal grant will cover 80 percent of the bike path's costs and the city plans to start construction next year.

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