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The city in 1996 decreased the minimum width for off-street, standard-sized parking stalls to 8 feet 3 inches. And now the council could reverse that ordinance by requiring that the minimum width be increased to 8 feet 6 inches.
The resolution also aims to widen aisles in parking garages — from 22 feet to 23 feet — where drivers have to pull into stalls at a 90 degree angle.
Bigger cars are responsible for the measure. The resolution cites a study that found large-size cars between 1995 and 2008 grew three inches wider.
The resolution comes in stark contrast to the state Department of Transportation’s recent H-1 restriping project.
The department added a fourth lane in both directions to an often-gridlocked section of the highway. By creating additional lanes, the DOT aimed to improve traffic congestion in the area between the Pali Highway and Punahou Street.
But the result had its drawbacks: narrower lanes and a reduced speed limit.
Oahu motorists now have to contend with 10-foot lanes instead of 12-foot ones and a 45 mile-per-hour limit.
The resolution was introduced last week by Council Member Ikaika Anderson, who’s had his fair share of parking issues.