Request your ADOPTION of resolution to urge the Administration to implement the Central Maui Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan for 2030.
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Central Maui Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan is a benefit for all residents regardless of status: The Master Plan will reduce congestion, create a safer road environment, incentive healthy behavior and create access to jobs and economic centers.
Streets are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. Unfortunately the majority of our streets here on Maui are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.
I am one of the growing percentages of people that want to change the common notion of transportation and mobility. We want livable communities where we can commute to work, socialize and recreate by foot and bicycle.
The League of American Bicyclists established in 1880 currently rank Hawaii as number 40 as bike friendly states in the United States.
In Hawaii more than 20 percent of traffic fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians. Hawaii seniors face the most dangerous walking conditions in the nation.
In 2012 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that traffic fatalities increased nationally in 2012, and pedestrian and bicyclist rates rose at double the overall rate. At that time Hawaii had the greatest jump in total fatalities in the nation, at 26 percent.
Implementation of Central Maui Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan for 2030 can be the beginning of improvement to these statistics.
Numerous national reports highlight the impact the bicycle industry and bicycle tourism can have on state and local economies, discusses the cost effectiveness of investments, points out the benefits of bike facilities for business districts and neighborhoods, and identifies the cost savings associated with a mode shift from car to bicycle.
The evidence demonstrates that investments in bicycling infrastructure make good economic sense as a cost-effective way to enhance shopping districts and communities, generate tourism and support business.
The research can get technical, but the principles are simple:
- People who ride bikes buy bikes. This puts people to work in bicycle shops and apparel stores.
- People who ride bikes buy other things, too. Bike-accessible business districts benefit by catering to these customers.
- People on bikes are also more likely to make repeat trips to their local stores.
- People who ride bikes on vacation buy food, have travel costs, and pay for lodging. Bicycling tourists bring millions of dollars to cities and towns across the country that wouldn’t otherwise end up there.
- All that spending means jobs -- and tax revenue -- for communities. But people who ride bikes also save money.
- With the money saved from lower travel costs, people who ride bikes have more of their money to spend on local businesses.
- People who ride bikes can save their companies money on health insurance costs.
- Developers, cities, and individuals can save money on parking costs by providing space-efficient, low-cost bike parking instead of expensive car parking.
- The best way to attract people who ride bikes and accrue all of these benefits is by building infrastructure that makes it more attractive for people to ride. Building that infrastructure creates jobs, and it does so extremely cost-effectively. In fact, there’s no better job-creating bang for your transportation buck.
- Road projects are materials-intensive. Much of a road project budget goes to materials. By contrast, bicycling and walking projects are labor-intensive. Bicycling and walking project create more jobs per dollar than road projects.
- A built-up city can add capacity for new bicyclists much less expensively than new capacity for automobile drivers.
An additional interesting benefit for person’s commitment to mode shift from car to bicycle is for the average Maui family resident desiring to own their own home here on Maui.
If the family could reduce just one car in the family house hold, the result can be an increase of $50,000 towards the families’ mortgage qualification allowance.
For families to consider this, it is critical they feel safe to do so. Proper Complete Streets infrastructure surrounding the prospective home owners’ new home will encourage this options choice.
There is a general understanding there are three classes of riders commonly known as the A, B and C riders.
The Xterra competition composed dominantly of Class A rider was completed this past month here on Maui.
Currently the Class A or Spandex riders, by themselves, bring an estimated minimum of $5 million additional money to the County of Maui annually.
If infrastructure was created to allow the Class B & C riders here on Maui to feel safe the potential return on investment could be equal or greater to what Bicycle tourism on North Carolina’s Outer Banks annually reports generating $60 million in economic activity,
Their investment lead to an annual nine‐to‐one return on the one‐time $6.7 million investment in bicycle infrastructure.
Bicycling for Everyone
What about the Class B and C riders? It is regularly recognized that the Class B and C riders do not have the conviction that the Class A riders do for bicycling.
Class B and C riders include everyone apart from the Class A rider. My experiences as a Class B rider myself including speaking and listening to other Class B and C rider’s reasons for less passion for bicycle riding are varying. Reasons include numerous personal inabilities due to age, injury, sickness, strength, convenience, comfort and safety.
With the current advancement of technology, materials, design and construction resulting in variations of types of bicycles including bmx, touring, cruisers, commuters, racing, MTB, folding, hybrid, e-bikes, pedelec, trikes and cargo bikes along with the variations of tested and functional trailers and sidecars for bicycles, everyone now has a viable option to the dependency on the automobile for their transportation needs.
Studies nationally reveal that families’ average trips distance tells 39% are less than 3 miles, 17% are less than 1 mile. Of all these trips 47% are driven.
Note: These are mainland statistics that questionnaires respondents’ residence may be outside of major urban areas made possible via the automobile and creation of communities considered part of urban sprawl. I would suggest, here on the island of Maui, with close proximities of communities business and residence in combination of the lack of proper infrastructure these comparative driven statistics are much higher.
It is my experience and belief, any trip of 10 miles or less can most often be easily and safely completed by the Class B and C riders via the appropriate choice of bicycle over suitable Complete Streets designed infrastructure. With the proper infrastructure along with education, the possibility of a stronger vibrant economy result of a socially responsible bicycling community will evolve.
The Central Maui Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan for 2030 is a step in the right direction.
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