Zach's Ride for Safe Streets

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Ride Details (updated 3/20/24 )

Date:              Saturday, May 18, 2024    

Time:              Participants will gather starting at 9:30AM. At 10AM we’ll have a short speech and then riders will roll out.

Start/End:     Kaka‘ako Makai Gateway Park located on Ilalo St. + Cooke St. (grassy area mauka of the Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park parking lot). 

Riders:            All ages, all experience levels and all bicycles that can be pedaled & operated safely are welcome.

Format:          “Group Ride” We all ride together on HBL’s 2024 event route (open road and protected lanes). We will be stopping at the Hawai‘i State Capitol for sign waving and speeches (around 11PM -12:30PM) before we ride back to Kaka‘ako.

Course:           Flat, 3.5 miles, counter-clockwise route from Kaka’ako to the Hawai‘i State Capital and return to Kaka‘ako.

Registration:  No cost for riders but you must REGISTER.

Post Ride:      Potluck lunch and fellowship.

Not riding?    You are welcome to come down and join us at the State Capitol for sign waving and to listen to the speeches (please still register though).

There have been $49 million in federal funds obligated for Hawai‘i bikeway projects over the past 10 years! Here is where it was put to work…

Where we are now:

 
  • Hawai‘i State Act 47 passed in 2018, “3 Feet Law”, requiring drivers to allow at least three feet of separation between the driver’s vehicle and the bicycle when passing or overtaking the bicyclist.

    “The passage of this bill highlights our commitment to ensuring that cyclists are safe on our roads, and that Hawai‘i becomes a more bicycle friendly community. I am happy to sign this bill and make Hawai‘i the 37th state in the nation to make this commitment,” said Gov. Ige.

 
  • Hawai‘i State Act 134, Vision Zero passed in 2019, requiring the State’s and all counties’ departments of transportation to adopt a complete streets policy that reasonably accommodates convenient access and mobility for all users of the public highways.

     

  • Hawai‘i State Act 54, Complete Streets Policy passed in 2009 requiring the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation and the county transportation departments to adopt a Complete Streets policy that reasonably accommodates convenient access and mobility for all users of the public highways.

  • The City and County of Honolulu has installed approximately 70 miles of new bikeways in the last 10 years.

With the focus  to create low-stress bikeways for people of all ages and abilities, the O‘ahu Bike Plan (updated 2019) guides future planning to better integrate bicycling into the island’s transportation system.

What are we highlighting this year:

  • ROAD DIETS (lane reduction, road re-channelization, and buffered bike lanes making the area safer for bicyclists)
    ☑ Ala Napunani St. in Salt Lake naming of Zach Manago Memorial Bikeway in 2018
    Bike Lanes on Kamehameha IV Rd., McCully St. and Wai‘alae Ave. 
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  • CREATION OF PROTECTED BIKE LANES
  • ☑King St. – Hawai‘i’s first protected bike lane completed in December 2014
  • ☑South St. – connecting Makiki to Kapi‘olani area
  • ☑Ward Ave. – Mauka-Makai connection from King St. and connection to Kaka‘ako
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2024 BILLS:
  • SB2630 Freedom to Walk Bill – Current statutes in Hawai‘i relating to pedestrians are needlessly restrictive and historically discriminatory. Fines for pedestrians can have a disproportionate impact on people who do not drive and who primarily rely upon walking as a means of transportation. This measure will provide pedestrians with greater freedom and encourage more people to walk.
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  • SB3021 E-Mobility Rebate Bill – This bill will define the different classes of E-bikes and expand the rebate to cater to all forms of E-mobility (such as E-mopeds, E-skateboards, and Onewheels) to all Hawi‘ian residents 15 years and older and implement the rebate at the point of purchase when buying a qualifying E-mobility device. This will make switching over to E-microbility more accessible and simpler, freeing residents from car dependency and the costs of ownership. The fewer cars on the road, the safer!
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  • SB2443 Adding Speed Cameras To Intersections With Speed Sensors  – Slower speeds save lives, and with this bill there would be collectable visual evidence of speeding. Speed cameras will be added to areas that already have speed sensors like school zones. Summons and citations will be sent to the owner the vehicle is registered under.
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  • SB3242 Speed Reduction anywhere an engineering study is not needed – Requires the Department of Transportation or county transportation agency having jurisdiction over roads, highways, or similar infrastructure to evaluate high-risk or dangerous corridors or intersections and plan strategies for mitigation. Provides that an engineering study is not required to be considered if the Department of Transportation or any county decreases maximum speed limits within one mile of a school.
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BILLS WE WANT REINTRODUCED IN 2025

  • SB2738 Leading Pedestrian Interval – People at a crosswalk will have a 4 second head start before the light turns green for cars. This will give pedestrians more time to cross or at least move out of the entrance to have more visibility; minimizing car/pedestrian conflicts.
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  • SB2744 Daylighting – Adding a proven safety measure that calms cars’ speeds at intersections and makes pedestrians more visible by pushing the crosswalk entrance closer into the intersection creating a pinch for passing cars and the distance pedestrians have to cross shorter. 
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  • – SB2894 Commuter Benefits for State Employees – Incentivises state employees to use bikeshare and other forms of micro-mobility in an effort to lower carbon output produced by transportation while also cultivating an active transportation culture.  

Bicycle Policies and Programs:

  • ➞ HBL Adult BikeEd program a mix of educational sessions for every skill level, from beginners who want to learn how to balance to veteran cyclists that want to improve their mechanical skills. 
  • ➞ Bicycle Parking Ordinance in 2018 requires all new and modified buildings to include short and long term bicycle parking.
  • ➞ Safe Routes to School program in 2015 which aims to increase the number of students (of all abilities, income levels, and cultures) in kindergarten through eighth grade who regularly choose to walk and bike to/from school by making walking and biking safe and fun through implementation of the five “E’s.” 
  • The City & County of Honolulu received the Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze Level Award in 2014 and 2018 .

Mahalo to our past riders!

Let’s Ride Again – Register to Ride SATURDAY, May 18th