Mobility

Bicycle Program

Cycling in Paradise

The City and County of Honolulu is dedicated to making O'ahu a bicycle-friendly place.  DTS has recently completed the O'ahu Bike Plan.  An update to the 1999 Honolulu Bicycle Master Plan, the new plan will guide future planning to better integrate bicycling into the island's transportation system.  Currently, Oahu has 46 miles of bike paths, 54 miles of bike lanes, and 40 miles of bike routes.  Also, all of the City's transit buses are equipped with bike racks.  For more information on our bicycle program, or if you have a suggestion, please contact us.

 


What's New

More info about the King Street Cycle Track

Question:  What is a cycle track?

Answer:  Cycle tracks, also known as protected bike lanes or on-street bike paths, are on-street bike lanes that are physically separated from traffic.  The cycle track is positioned between the sidewalk and the on-street parking.  They can be on the left or right and can be one-way or two-way.

Question:  Which side of the road will the cycle track be on for King Street?

Answer:  The cycle track will be on the left (mauka) side of the road.  The left side was chosen in order to avoid conflicts with the bus stops.

Question:  Is the King Street cycle track one-way or two-way?

Answer:  The King Street cycle track will open as a one-way facility and will be converted to two-way at a later time.  Traffic signals need to be installed for bikes heading in the Ewa-bound direction.

Question:  How long is the cycle track?

Answer:  The King Street cycle track is from Alapai Street to Isenberg Street, which is about 2 miles.

Question:  Is the parking being affected?

Answer:  The on-street parking on the left (mauka) side will be moved one lane to the right.  Only a few parking spaces are being removed between Alapai Street and Kealamakai Street.  The parking operations (PM parking restrictions, parking meters) will remain the same.  People who park on the mauka side must still pay at the parking meters on the sidewalk.

Question:  How wide will the cycle track be?

Answer:  The cycle track will be 10 feet wide with an additional 3 foot wide buffer zone between the bikeway and the parked cars for a total of 13 feet.

Question:  How will the bikes be separated from traffic?

Answer:  The bikeway will be separated by parked cars and a 6" ashpalt curb installed on the outside edge to keep cars from encroaching into the cycle track.  There will also be delineators installed in the 3 foot buffer zone to further enchance the separation.

Question:  What happens at intersections and driveways?

Answer:  To midigate these possible conflicts areas, green paint with bicycle markings will be installed at all driveways and intersections.  This is to remind drivers and bicyclists to merge safely.  Cars must yield to bicyclists and both cars and bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.

Question:  Who can ride in the cycle track?

Answer:  Only bicyclists can ride in the cycle track.  Mopeds are not allowed in the cycle track.  People who park on the mauka side may cross the cycle track to get to the sidewalk. 

Question:  How should bicyclists make a right turn?

Answer:  There are two ways to turn right from the cycle track.  One way is called a two-stage turn: stop at the stop line at an intersection and wait for the light at the cross street to turn green.  The other way is to get out of the cycle track in advance of the intersection and merge over to the right side when safe to do so.

Question:  Why do we need cycle tracks?

Answer:  The City wants to encourage more bicycling, which is a healthy and clean mode of transportaion.  The cycle track design makes bicycling safer and will attract more bicyclists that are not comfortable riding in traffic.  Also, by providing a safer place for bicyclists, it will hopefully get them off the sidewalks and make it safer for pedestrians.

Question:  When will construction start and when will it be completed?

Answer:  Construction will begin on September 8, 2014 and is expected to be completed by December 2014.  Construction will begin at Alapai Street and head towards Isenberg Street.

King Street Cycle Track is coming soon!

Here is our flyer showing the conceptual design for the King Street Cycle Track.  Some details may be different than the actual project.  Construction will begin in September and should be completed by November.  We will be having a public meeting for this project in August so stay tuned for the day and time.

May 16th is Bike to Work Day! 

Some DTS staff biked to work including our Director, Mike Formby.  Although not in the picture, our Deputy Director, Mark Garrity, also rode his bike to work.

Bike to the Zoo Day!  May is Bike Month! 

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 9:00am-2:00pm is the 6th annual Bike to the Zoo Day.  Ride your bicycle to the Honolulu Zoo and get in free.  Free bicycle valet parking and plenty of free prizes.

New Bike Repair Station at FMB!  A bicycle repair station has been installed near the mauka entrance of the Fasi Municipal Building.  The Fixit stand, made by Dero, has an air pump, a stand to hold a bike, and several tools for bike maintenance and minor repairs.  This is the first Fixit station the City has installed; more could be in the works if this one is popular with the public.

 

New Bike Parking Map!  We have recently completed a map showing the locations of all the bike racks on Oahu.  This map is a layer of the Oahu Bikeways Map so it can be switched on and off.  Click on "Layers" to switch any layer on or off.  This map is a work in progress and it is regularly being updated.  If you know of a rack that's not on this map, please let us know.

 

Bike Racks go Bold!  The new shipment of bike racks are in and DTS is adding some color and excitement with new colorful racks.  The new racks stand out more and are just more fun.  Look for them at a location near you.

 

Waialae Avenue

The Waialae Avenue bikeway project is going ahead and will be integrated into the Department of Design and Construction's resurfacing project.  The latest design includes bike lanes on both sides of Waialae Avenue from Saint Louis Drive to Palolo/5th Avenue.  Between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue it was necessary to keep the five travel lanes.  To mitigate the break in the uphill bike lane, enhanced sharrows with a green background will be added on the makai side of the street.  There will be sharrows on the mauka side of the road from Palolo Avenue to 11th Avenue and bike lanes from 6th Avenue to 11th Avenue on the makai side.  From 11th Avenue to 17th Avenue sharrows will be added on both sides.


Mayor's Advisory Committee on Bicycling

Mayor's Advisory Committee on Bicycling meeting

The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Bicycling is comprised of citizens who are interested in improving conditions for bicycling in Honolulu.  The Committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building.  The meetings are open to the public.  If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to attend a meeting, please contact us.


BikeEd Hawaii

Children on bikes at a stop sign

The City and County of Honolulu sponsors the BikeEd Hawaii bicycle education program, which is run by the Hawaii Bicycling League. This nationally recognized program teaches on-road bicycle safety classes to fourth grade students on O'ahu. For more information about this program, visit the Hawaii Bicycling League's website at www.hbl.org/bikeed.


Bicycle Parking Racks

Bicycle rack on Kalakaua Avenue

The City has installed more than 450 of the "BikeBike" parking racks throughout Oahu.  These racks are meant for short-term parking and it is not recommended to leave your bike on them overnight. They are designed to hold up to 4 bikes and are located on City property in front of businesses and residences.  The City has also installed many of the "ribbon" or "wave" shaped racks where there is sufficient space.  Click here for a map of the bike racks on Oahu.  If you have a suggestion for a location and would like to request a rack, please contact us.


Useful Links

Bike lane on Kalakaua Avenue

Videos

Bicycle rack on TheBus