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Bicyclist hurt in Kalanianaole Highway collision

By Star-Advertiser Staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:10 a.m. HST, Dec 18, 2011


Police closed one lane of Kalanianaole Highway in the town-bound direction Saturday morning after a cement truck collided with a bicyclist.

Paramedics took a 24-year-old man who was riding the bike to the hospital in serious condition, an Emergency Medical Services supervisor said.

The accident happened at 9:21 a.m. near Kawaihae Street. Police briefly closed the right most lane on Kalanianaole Highway.






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jbike wrote:
I biked by at 10:00am. The bike was crushed under the right front wheel. It was completely demolished. I'm glad to hear the guy survivied. I had my doubts as I road away.
on December 17,2011 | 02:17PM
princessleiya wrote:
what is a concerte truck......concrete? is there spellcheck here?
on December 17,2011 | 02:37PM
onevoice82 wrote:
No spell check on this web site princessleiya but I wish there was; I dont know how to spell "chewbakka" or "jarjarbinks" !
on December 17,2011 | 04:00PM
Changalang wrote:
The propaganda that gives bike riders false confidence just collided with reality, again.
on December 17,2011 | 10:19PM
onevoice82 wrote:
Same confidence you rely on when you get in an airplane. I hope your results are better! What the heck kind of a comment was that???
on December 18,2011 | 07:06AM
inverse wrote:
Poster was making the comment that bicycling on Oahu's roads are DANGEROUS. Yes, bicycling provides great exercise, and for commuting rreduces Oahu reliance on foreign oil and the number of cars on our roads, however until City and State design and build SAFE bicycle lanes and routes in Oahu roads the poster, and I agree 100%, that people should avoid bicycling on Oahus's roads as much as possible. It is just too DANGEROUS. Kalanianaole Hwy is one of the WORST and most dangerous bicycle lanes in Hawaii. Cars, trucks, including cement trucks, are driving at highway speeds and beyond while the bike lane is narrow and not separated from vehicular traffic. One way to make it safer is to make the sliver of road between the bike lane and car lane 'roughed up' so when a car tire drives over it 'rumbles' the tire and requires the driver to get back in his lane. Or a raised curb, except at intersections can be placed to separate the car and bike lanes on Kalanianole Hwy. Until then commercial airline passengers don't put themselves in the kind of danger that Oahu bicyclists put themselves when they ride on Oahu roads
on December 18,2011 | 09:37AM
inverse wrote:
PS
for the $343 MLLION (and counting) alresy spent on the Oahu rail project, that money could have been spent on building this SAFE bicycle lane infrastructure for Oahu's roadway system. That would benefit bot only Oahu residents but also our visitor industry and promote Oahu as an eco-friendly place to vacation AND get exercise at the same time while 'saving' a tree and our planet. All it takes is the State legislature with governors approval to defund the .5% GET that goes exclusively to the rail project and use it for worthwhile transportation projects like bicycle lane infrastructure.
on December 18,2011 | 09:46AM
Jkam wrote:
What is the matter with your staff writer? The second paragraph makes no logical sense. Was the man biking to the hospital in serious condition? I can't believe this person is being allowed to write for a newspaper. He/She better learn basic grammar. On a different, I hope the biker is doing okay. My prayers.
on December 18,2011 | 08:30AM
inverse wrote:
Not too ling ago another cement truck overturned on the freeway under questionable circumstances. There are two factors that are making cement trucks on Oahu of concern. Cement trucks need to deliver their cement under a set time or the concrete is useless and there are lots of traffic jams, especially during daylight hours, on Oahu roads and highways that make commuting times unpredictable and usually longer than expected. Therefore a cement truck on Oahu's roads and highways during daylight hours is scary and should be feared. It is up to gov't to make sure these cement trucks and their drivers follow all rules and regulations including making sure these trucks obey all speed limits, which by their inherent situatuon they are in, must speed wherever chance they get to make up for the times when they slowed down by traffic.
on December 18,2011 | 09:20AM
inverse wrote:
PS2
After looking at the picture with article, it might not be the cement truck drivers fault. The truck is stopped in his lane and there are numerous bicyclists in the picture. The truck driver could have been in his lane and the bicyclist who got hit could have been attempting to pass other bicyclists on the left side just as the wide load cement drive drove by. In that case it would have been an unfortuante acccident, but verifies that Kalanianole bike lane is just too narrow to be riding two abreast, even for a split moment during bicyclists passing one another
on December 18,2011 | 09:57AM
bikemom wrote:
It would be nice to have more information about what happened in this case, but it does appear the cement truck is in the proper lane. If the scenario to describe is what happened, we need to remind (and in many cases educate) bicyclists about the proper way to pass other bicyclists.
on December 18,2011 | 11:47AM
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