• COURTESY CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

    Bicyclists traversing the Ward Avenue protected bicycle lane.

Metropolis officers introduced at present the supply of protected bike lanes working each methods alongside Ward Avenue as a part of the town’s dedication to its “Honolulu Full Streets” initiative to enhance security for all roadway customers.

The protected bike lanes run in each the mauka and makai instructions — with one lane in every path — on Ward between King Road and Ala Moana Boulevard.

The Ward Avenue lanes connect with the King Road protected bikeway, which connects bicyclists eastbound to Moiliili or westbound to Honolulu’s Civic Heart campus. They’re meant to attach the city core with the business, retail and residential locations of Kakaako, in line with Honolulu’s Division of Transportation Providers in a information launch.

”Residents and guests will have the ability to benefit from new connections to purchasing, work, and play,” stated Honolulu DTS. “Offering secure, protected bike lanes offers commuters extra choices to journey, with out having to fret about parking or site visitors congestion. Making a community of comfy bicycle services all through Honolulu will cut back the dependence of private motor automobiles, which is able to assist cut back site visitors congestion, journey instances, pedestrian and automobile collisions, and greenhouse fuel emissions.”

After Honolulu’s first protected bikeway on South King Steet was put in in 2014, the hall skilled a 50% discount in pedestrian-vehicle collisions, in line with metropolis officers.

Though it met with resistance, officers stated the King Road bikeway dramatically decreased the variety of bicyclists driving on sidewalks and elevated the notice of drivers making turns.

“The Metropolis is anticipating related security advantages alongside Ward Avenue, along with improved visibility of all roadway customers,” officers stated within the information launch.

The South Road protected bikeway was put in in 2017, adopted by the Pensacola protected bikeway in September 2020. Further protected bike lanes are proposed for the downtown and Kakaako space.