Hawaiian cycle plan call to public

O'ahu to gain more cycling facilities

Honolulu has begun the update process for its 1999 Honolulu Bicycle Master Plan with public workshops to be held in mid-May. Hawaii's public are being asked to help identify new potential routes and help evaluate existing plans.

The new plan will cover all of O'ahu, the island which houses the Hawaiian capital, and will aim to integrate bicycling with the island's transportation system. The main achievements of the 1994 Master Plan are cited on the Plan's own website as being integrating bike and bus use through greater fitting of bike racks and a steady decline in the number of cycling accidents on the island of O'ahu.  

Mayor Mufi Hannemann, whose budget for the project is an impressive $370,000, said, "The O'ahu Bike Plan update will take us a step closer to fulfilling my long-standing quality-of-life goal of laying the groundwork for the integration of bicycling into our multi-modal transportation system, which includes the fixed guideway, TheBus, TheBoat, and other means of movement."

Under a 1999 law, bicycles with a wheel size greater than 20" need to be registered with the government for a one-off payment of $15.

More details about the project can be found at www.oahubikeplan.org.

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