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City officials walk downtown to learn to make streets safer

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 07:34 p.m. HST, Apr 29, 2013


The mayor and other city officials went on a walking tour this morning to learn how to make the streets in downtown Honolulu safer for pedestrians.

“My goal is to implant concepts, to give you a new lens of what’s working and what isn’t for pedestrians,” substantiality expert Dan Burden told Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City Council members and local transportation and health officials.

At Queen and Alakea streets, Burden suggested that getting rid of right turn lanes might make it safer for pedestrians to cross.

National studies have found that Hawaii has some of the most dangerous streets in the nation, especially for senior citizens.

The City Council passed a “complete streets” law last year, under former Mayor Peter Carlisle, that requires city planners to consider walking, bicycling and other ways to get around Honolulu’s streets when planning, building and maintaining Honolulu’s streets. The city is spending $500,000 this year on the complete streets program.

Burden and city transportation officials will conduct similar walk-audit tours and workshops with community members in the next couple of weeks in Moiliili, Aiea and Kailua.

The first public workshop is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Christ United Methodist Church, 1639 Keeaumoku Street.







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ejkorvette wrote:
Good First Step. Hopefully, enforce better Driver awareness and safety classes island wide. Stricter punishment for excessive speeding in residential areas, in town, and freeway. Too many Tutu's get run ova.
on April 29,2013 | 05:38PM
bobbob wrote:
that crosswalk that they're at is actually pretty dangerous at a large intersection IMO. I think it should be eliminated. Yes it's a hassle to walk to the next crosswalk to get to iolani palace from the kam. statue but far safer.
on April 29,2013 | 10:01PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Put in cameras and prosecute violators - the violators can be motorists or they can be pedestrians. People won't listen and learn until they hit with a big fine or jail time.
on April 29,2013 | 05:58PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Now THAT is good news!

Have them do that once a week for an hour or so once a week and we WILL see some real changes and some lives saved. Kudos to all involved in this excellent idea.


on April 29,2013 | 06:15PM
tasod wrote:
Is they guy "on staff" or did we "hire" an outside contractor / expert ?
on April 29,2013 | 06:35PM
Anonymous wrote:
Dan is a nationally-recognized expert.
on April 30,2013 | 12:19AM
akamaiperson wrote:
Good start. My suggestions include: (1) having the white walk signal come on automatically whenever it's safe to do so instead of requiring pedestrians to push it; and (2) doubling the length of time of the average white walk signal from 10 to 20 seconds. Give everyone who's not a race walker a fighting chance to cross without feeling like they'll be run down.
on April 29,2013 | 06:40PM
engineersoldier wrote:
I hope this will turn out better than their effort to make Kapolei a pedestrian friendly second city-- an utter failure. We need real results, not PR.
on April 29,2013 | 07:07PM
Skyler wrote:
Exactly.
on April 29,2013 | 07:26PM
false wrote:
Whatever happened to TheMayor'sBus that Fasi drove? Is that still there, or gone? Kirk can drive around town and make himself known, and show the aloha to pedestrians at any intersection, by being there and stopping for pedestrians. Good free publicity also, if he is willing to run for another term.
on April 29,2013 | 07:24PM
false wrote:
Whatever happened to TheMayor'sBus that Fasi drove? Is that still there, or gone? Kirk can drive around town and make himself known, and show the aloha to pedestrians at any intersection, by being there and stopping for pedestrians. Good free publicity also, if he is willing to run for another term.
on April 29,2013 | 07:26PM
rferdun wrote:
The complete streets law requires planners to "consider" other modes of transportation besides cars but it doesn't require them to do anything about it. We have had an Oahu bike plan for 15 or 20 years but the city has implemented no part of it. I don't think that this will be any different. It is like the picture of the mayor with a shovel of asphalt filling a pothole. It is for PR but of little practical value.
on April 29,2013 | 10:45PM
Anonymous wrote:
"Consider," yes, but if improvements are not made, the reasons have to be specified, and that information is public. I think there is enough broad-based support that we will start seeing changes.
on April 30,2013 | 12:23AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
HaHa ok. Yeah this will change the everyday town side crime! Lol. Highly doubt that, but at least they're not sitting on their butts in the office.
on April 29,2013 | 11:58PM
Anonymous wrote:
Bike lanes and crosswalks are just the beginning of Complete Streets. Complete Streets are really about making the environment more pleasing and comfortable for all roadway users, so that people feel motivated to take their bikes or walk rather than drive to their destinations.

Hele On Kakaako will include a good example of a complete street. Cooke Street will be transformed on May 12 and will include bike lanes, parklets, bulb outs, traffic circles, trees, pop-up gardens and even new paint on the building facades.


on April 30,2013 | 12:28AM
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