Find safe, convenient locations for Bikeshare racks in Honolulu!
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The shared bike program called Biki, operated in Honolulu by Bikeshare Hawaii, has been remarkably successful since its inception in 2017. Starting in downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, Bikeshare now wants to extend into the Diamond Head area.
Unfortunately, two of their proposed sites are immediately in front of two apartment buildings, Diamond Head Ambassador (2957 Kalakaua Ave) and Diamond Head Apartments (2969 Kalakaua Ave), in a narrow grassy strip between sidewalk and street. There are parking places in the street, which will remain. The relatively narrow 58” sidewalk has a regular flow of neighborhood pedestrian traffic, including kupuna taking exercise walks, neighbors walking their dogs, infants in strollers, skateboarders, surfers, occasional wheelchair bound handicapped, Segways, and the public in general. Per the diagram, the bikes would pull toward the sidewalk. Further, at both ends of this stretch of boulevard are two inbound and two outbound ramps with vehicular traffic onto and away from the 2969 Kalakaua property. Adding Biki racks and users to this congested area is a serious accident waiting to happen.
We support Bikeshare in general, but we strongly oppose these two locations. There are locations in this neighborhood that are not nearly so cramped and crowded with pedestrian traffic, which will be safer.
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