The city is currently working on Honolulu’s first cycle track, also known as a protected bike lane, on a two-mile stretch of King Street between Alapai and Isenberg Streets.

With the introduction of a new type of bikeway, it’s clear that education about how to use it is extremely important. The administration in Honolulu recognizes this, and is therefore working with several community groups and putting together an education campaign.

Posters and flyers, public service announcements, a website and articles such as this one will be shared with the public in the coming months. A special event to officially open the cycle track is also being planned.

Bike lane

When cities install large amounts of new bike lanes, there is usually a learning curve when riders and drivers get accustomed to the change.

City and County of Honolulu

The education campaign will focus on the general public as well as targeted groups such as motorists at City Halls, businesses along the route, tourists, students, cyclists and even the Honolulu Police Department through traditional and social media outlets.

Some of the topics to be covered in more detail over the next few months include:

  • The definition of a cycle track — it’s basically a cross between a bike lane and a bike path;
  • Who is allowed to use the cycle track — bicyclists only;
  • Will parking be allowed next to the track — yes, and motorists should use caution when opening doors and crossing the track to put money into parking meters;
  • Will laws need to change — the definition and use of the cycle track will be added; and
  • What are the benefits of having a cycle track — more people will ride their bikes, which brings many other benefits.

One of the most important concepts to cover is the significance of the green paint. You may have noticed it at intersections along the track and in front of driveways. It is a visual signal for all roadway users.

At these points, bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists need to be aware of each other and know who has the right of way.

Motorists must yield to bicyclists and pedestrians, and bicyclists must yield to pedestrians. Extra care should be exercised in areas painted green.

With bicycle commuting on the rise, “complete streets” projects being implemented and the move to create a more bicycle-friendly city, the King Street cycle track is an important connection in Honolulu’s bicycle infrastructure.

Its success will depend on how well we communicate its usage to all roadway users.

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