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October 27, 2010

 

MAYOR CARLISLE SIGNS BILL CREATING ‘PEDESTRIAN USE ZONES’

 

(Wed., Oct. 27, 2010)—Mayor Peter Carlisle today signed into law Bill 39, which establishes “Pedestrian Use Zones” that reserve substantial portions of City sidewalks for pedestrians in high pedestrian traffic areas.

 

            Bill 39 prohibits the storage of personal property within a Pedestrian Use Zone, defined as the portion of a sidewalk that extends toward the street up to eight feet from the adjacent private or public property line bordering the sidewalk opposite the curb.

 

            The restrictions will not apply to persons unable to comply due to suffering a medical emergency; or engaged in other activities such as waiting at a bus stop or taxi stand; or attending a parade, festival, performance, rally, demonstration, meeting or similar event conducted on the public sidewalk pursuant to and in compliance with an applicable permit.

 

            Pedestrian Use Zones will be established in Ala Moana/Kakaako; Downtown; Kalihi; McCully/Moiliili/Makiki; and Waikiki. The restrictions will apply between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. except in Waikiki, where they will apply between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. of the succeeding day. Upon conviction, violators may be fined a maximum of $50 or be sentenced to community service for a time period determined by a judge.

 

            Carlisle cautioned that resource constraints limit the City’s ability to implement the measure’s requirements immediately in all areas. The City will conduct an educational and warning program prior to enforcement.

 

The City Council approved Bill 39 on Oct. 13 by a vote of 5 to 4. The measure will take effect in 60 days, and is available at:

http://docsiis01:8080/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-181386/039(10),%20CD1,%20FD2.pdf .

 

 

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Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.