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Two lanes closed after bicyclist hit on Nimitz Highway

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:58 p.m. HST, Mar 17, 2014

A bicyclist in his 50s was taken in critical condition to the hospital after he was hit by a tour bus on Nimitz Highway near Puuhale Elementary School.

Emergency Medical Services said the accident occurred around 9 a.m.

Police said the large yellow Travel Plaza Transportation bus was headed west to the airport traveling in the right lane when it collided with the bicyclist.

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serious wrote:
Once again, I will say, the HPD has to prioritize their people. Ever see a police officer at an intersection? Me neither. Ever see 2-3 of them standing at a construction site doing???? We need traffic enforcement--running red lights, no turn signals, running stop signs--we see it every day. The Chief is against legalizing gambling and legalizing marijuana--why?? Easy, he'll lose staff and they will have to walk the streets. All crimes start with "petty" things--running lights and not get caught--speed, same, then it gets to the major things, thug assaults and robbery, breaking into homes. Then look at the HPD pay!! About $35,000 a year just for breathing!!!
on March 17,2014 | 10:15AM
inverse wrote:
Will agree with you on that AND why the Chief, UH and State gov't don't work out an agreement to hire two or at least one HPD officer to patrol UH Manoa at night. Tired of reading about the constant robberies and assaults on UH students and no one gets caught because the UH rent a cop security always not able to deter or apprehend the offenders. Pretty bad when a few years ago and UH security person was hijacked with some guy with a knife and the UH security was asking UH students passing by for help. Another important point with this story is that is extremely DANGEROUS for bicyclists to bicycle on Oahu roads because of both the design of the roads that cannot adequately handle bicyclist and the drivers who could care less about hitting bicyclists or pedestrians because there is no real negative consequence for killing them, unless they fail a drug test, which I bet this bus driver refused to take a test. Irresponsible for Caldwell, and the local bicycling league to encourage people to commute on Oahu via bicycle because it just way too dangerous. The Nimitz bike lane is a joke of a very narrow strip of unprotected piece of the road next to a highway full of speeding cars and buses. Only until full width bicycle lane are implemented on Nimitz, S King, Beretania or even Kalanianaole Hwy with rumble zones or some dividers to protect bicyclist from cars/buses, commuting via bicycle on Oahu's major roads is just way too dangerous.
on March 17,2014 | 11:15AM
Paco3185 wrote:
Commuted from Moiliili to Middle St. 3x a week for two years and I never had a problem on Nimitz. Now the speeds are down a bit at rush hour but I think it's the professionalism of the drivers that made the difference. Problem is the lane ends at Waikamilo and continuing on is dangerous because the lanes are so narrow. Same thing going the other way and at Aloha Tower you need to bail or risk your life going down Ala Moana. Nothing is 100% safe but if you pick your routes carefully it is not that bad. Rather than expensive separate bike lanes I'd rather see wider well paved streets and someone enforcing the traffic laws (yes for bikes and especially mopeds too).
on March 17,2014 | 01:07PM
ippikiokami wrote:
If you haven't heard, HPD has been understaffed for awhile due to retiring officers, expanded duties, budget reductions, enormous cost to train new officers, and the difficulty of getting qualified applicants to pass the rigorous screening. In short, they don't have the manpower to station an officer at an intersection for nothing, unless there is a reason. Construction site officers are all on special duty (private time) and are off duty from their regular work schedule. Finally, recruits start at about $48,000 a year.
on March 17,2014 | 03:16PM
kiragirl wrote:
Honolulu DOT personnel should feel partially to blame whenever there is a pedestrian/bicycle accident. They have mid-block crosswalks that should be removed. For instance, the crosswalk on Sheridan and King is 100 feet from Keeaumoku Street. Our mayor installed a lighted crosswalk by Times/Zippy's but there already existed a lighted pedestrian crosswalk 100 yards ahead. Now our mayor is to install a bike lane on King Street knowing it will create dangerous encounters with motorists turning left. He stated that if built, bicyclists will increase. He does not realize that if thousands bicyclists use it, then that would mean the same thousands need to have a bike lane going west either on Beretania or Kapiolani. His DOT staff needs to shape up. Typical government employees!
on March 17,2014 | 11:18AM
2_centz wrote:
If autos get into accident s with another auto you no make special lanes. the streets is for autos. The bicyclist should have used the adjacent side streets llike Democrat St. to travel it is safer after that then they ride at their own risk.
on March 17,2014 | 12:18PM
kiragirl wrote:
I agree. Tell that to our mayor. We have traffic and he wants to add to it by installing bike lanes that will interact with cars. Bicyclists should use Young Street instead of King.
on March 17,2014 | 12:28PM
Paco3185 wrote:
Yup - ban parking on Young and have a separated bike lane going both ways. Need to figure out a way to get it into downtown; right now it dead ends at Thomas Square at forces you out on to Beretania at the worst point.
on March 17,2014 | 12:47PM
kiragirl wrote:
Yep. I dunno what the mayor is thinking as bicyclists gotta use Beretania or Kapiolani into town. Plus the bike study was done on the Makai side of King Street and the bike lane he is installing is on the Mauka side of King. Doesn't make sense at all.
on March 17,2014 | 01:17PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Bicyclist now huh?
on March 17,2014 | 12:17PM
Sunny wrote:
Could have been a homeless person, there are a lot of homeless bicyclists in that area due to the proximity of the Keehi Interchange homeless camps.
on March 17,2014 | 12:39PM
seaborn wrote:
Traffic would be much better if cops would just maintain a presence along the streets and highways so they are visible, and people would be mindful of road rules. Instead, the police hide like cowards to catch speeders, which messes up traffic from people braking, even if not speeding, just to double check their speed, and then their rubber-necking to see what's happening. A visible presence would be much more beneficial, and keep traffic flowing safely, than hiding and being sneaky just to catch occasional speeders.
on March 17,2014 | 02:09PM
kiragirl wrote:
Presence is a deterrent. Stealth is apprenhsion.
on March 17,2014 | 03:59PM
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