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MAYOR JOINS BIKE RIDE TO HIGHLIGHT TRANSPORTATION PLANS

 

 

MAYOR CALDWELL WITH EPA'S JARED BLUMENFELD 

Mayor Caldwell (left) talks with EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld while riding down Beretania Street, where a new bike lane will be painted as part of a repaving project this year

 

Honolulu—Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined bicycling advocates and federal and state officials for a demonstration bike ride around Honolulu to emphasize the importance of multi-modal transportation connectivity.

 

“Bicycling can be a healthy and fun way to commute, and will be an important part of Honolulu’s transportation future, along with walking, driving, rail transit, and our award-winning bus system,” Mayor Caldwell said.

 

The City is analyzing and preparing streets and intersections for changes that will come as more people walk and bicycle to access rail transit stations. The City’s Complete Streets program emphasizes safety and convenience for all users of roads and sidewalks.  The mayor budgeted $100,000 for the coming fiscal year to study off-grade bike paths, including a potential path along the future rail route and one on King Street.

 

Already in the works are bike paths on Waialae Avenue and Beretania Street which will be painted when road repaving projects underway this year are completed.

 

The City is also collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Bicycling League, Blue Planet Foundation, and other partners to create a bike share program in Honolulu.  Convenient, easy-to-use bike-sharing will provide residents and visitors with an alternative way to reach their destinations, and help Honolulu become an even more vibrant place to live, work and play. The State of Hawaii has a pilot bike share program in Kailua and the City has launched a study to map out how such a program could work in Honolulu.

 

EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld and the Governor’s Chief of Staff Bruce Coppa participated today and voiced their support for these efforts, along with representatives from the Hawaii Department of Health, National Park Service, Blue Planet Foundation, Kailua Bike Share and others.

 

“In Honolulu, biking is an easy and inexpensive way to commute to and from work, run errands, and enjoy the island. It is also great exercise and fun,” said Blumenfeld. “We want to help make Honolulu more bicycle-friendly and safer for bike riders of all ages.”

 

"Pedestrian oriented development is what's going to make this a great State and City," said Bruce Coppa, chief of staff, Office of the Governor.

 

 BIKE RIDE PRESS CONFERENCE AT ALAPAI TRANSIT CENTER

 

Mayor Caldwell held a press conference at the Alapai Transit Center before the start of the bike ride. Bicycles will be allowed on the Honolulu rail and can be placed on racks on the front of TheBus.

 

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