City debuts new pedestrian safety measure

Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 8:16 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 6, 2016 at 8:45 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - You've probably noticed the additions at the intersection of King and Isenberg streets: Large asphalt berms, concrete planters and new road markings on either side of the crosswalk.

The changes are part of new pedestrian safety measures, and they could be coming to a crosswalk near you.

Collectively, the additions are known as a "bulb out," and they're designed to extend the sidewalk and make pedestrian crossing areas more clear.

"Studies have found nationwide that these bulb outs and other measures really do work," said city spokesman Andrew Pereira.

The project is part of the city's "complete streets" ordinance, which aims to improve traffic safety for pedestrians and motorists alike.

"The bulb outs really serve as a way to calm traffic and they serve as a way for the city to let drivers know you're coming to an area that has pedestrians," Pereira said.

If any cars jump the berms, the concrete planters serve as an added protection measure. The brown paint on the ground is a heads up for cyclists to share the area with others.

The project was relatively inexpensive for what it entails.

"This particular project cost about $52,000," Pereira said. "It was mandated by the City Council and so the Department of Transportation Services did the design and a contractor came in and did the installation."

Pereira said the city will monitor how the bulb out is working and consider it for other intersections in the future.

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