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Mayor goes on bike ride to promote traffic alternatives

By Marcel Honore

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 p.m. HST, Jun 19, 2013

Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined local cyclists, federal environmental protection officials and state and county workers on a bike ride through town today to promote bicycling as a healthier, more affordable alternative for Honolulu commuters to get around.

The event was part of a broader campaign by city leaders and local advocates to make Honolulu more bike friendly, along with plans to add more dedicated bicycle lanes around town.

Using bicycles instead of cars will help Oahu residents “save money, stay healthy and not pollute,” Caldwell declared during a stop at Halekauwila and South streets -- the site of the planned Civic Center rail station. “People can ride from Ewa, get off here with their bike, ride up to city hall, ride over to the state capital, ride to some of the major employment centers ... and get to and from work.”

The morning ride started at Alapai Transit Center heading Diamond Head on King Street, then looped around at University Avenue and headed Ewa on Beretania Street into downtown.  The ride ended in Kakaako.

It included about a dozen people, including Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 Director Jared Blumenfeld. “We’ll certainly be there as a champion and advocate for Honolulu when there’s federal funding on the line, if there’s anything we can do to help get that money for bike lanes, dedicated bike paths,” he said.

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serious wrote:
Better wear a helmet, just as he did when shoveling asphalt.
on June 19,2013 | 07:47AM
star08 wrote:
Wonder if they w/b clearing the roads for greater safety? Those roads are not safe for bicyclists during regular traffic times.
on June 19,2013 | 08:04AM
2_centz wrote:
shouldn't Kirk and Neil be working rather than riding their bicycles around town?
on June 19,2013 | 08:47AM
OldDiver wrote:
You mean like holding up in an Ivory Tower. Kirk campaigned by connecting with the people. Countless public forums and even riding the bus and talking to riders looking for suggestions.
on June 19,2013 | 09:15AM
mellishi wrote:
...and shouldn't they be using the "approved Bike Path" on Young Street instead of dangerous King Street and Beretania Street...oh I get it, Kirk is leaving from his City Hale on King Street and biking to the "Square building" on Beretania Street as a pre-election campaign for the next governorship! Brilliant Kirk!
on June 19,2013 | 10:30AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Helmet is no match for the impact of two tons of steel.
on June 19,2013 | 01:53PM
loquaciousone wrote:
How much you wanna bet Krik will have his free t-shirt and a camera crew along?
on June 19,2013 | 07:52AM
Rite80 wrote:
Kirk Caldwell is connecting with the people. From fixing the sewers, accelerating road repairs, increasing manpower at satellite city halls, restoring bus service to making Oahu a better place to live by making Honolulu more bike friendly. Just goes to show you can't satisfy everyone,
on June 19,2013 | 08:33AM
loquaciousone wrote:
You forgot raising taxes and fees.
on June 19,2013 | 09:01AM
OldDiver wrote:
I believe most people are in favor of raising the fuel tax to fix our roads faster. Why would you want to slow down repaving?
on June 19,2013 | 09:12AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Then why did it fail to get city council approval.? You really should try putting on your left handed glasses instead of always using your right handed glasses. I think your eyeball are migrating too close to your ears.
on June 19,2013 | 09:52AM
OldDiver wrote:
While the fuel tax increase failed the City Council went along with increasing the road repair budget as requested by Mayor Caldwell. The difference is Mayor Caldwell provided a funding mechanism to fund road repair while the City Council cockroached money from the health retirement fund and kicked the financial can down the road.
on June 19,2013 | 11:03AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
How about accepting kick backs from campaign contributors for doing favors that further their business interests. It's just sickening what Caldwell Martin and Mufi did, they should all be in jail.
on June 19,2013 | 07:40PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Try ride in the rain, Kirk. No pick a sunny day.
on June 19,2013 | 01:54PM
lew4543 wrote:
This should be good. Can't vote most of them out of office so put them on bicycles and let them ride through town. Should do it during morning rush hour.
on June 19,2013 | 08:21AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Mayor gets $200.00 a hour to ride a bike.
on June 19,2013 | 01:55PM
whatzupwitdat wrote:
I hope he doesn't ride on the SIDEWALKS like most bike riders do and make the pedestrian move to the side to make way for them when they're the ones who don't have the right to be on the sidewalks! These cyclists should be cited!
on June 19,2013 | 08:40AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Riding on sidewalks (§15-18.7) Bicycle riding on sidewalks is prohibited within a business district (such as Downtown Honolulu, Waikīkī). Do not ride a bicycle on sidewalks where official signs prohibit it. In areas other than business or prohibited districts, bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks provided the speed is 10 mph or less. The bicycle operator must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, giving an audible signal before overtaking them.
on June 19,2013 | 10:27AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Yeah, like anybody has ever paid attention to that law.
on June 19,2013 | 10:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
As long as they give an audible signal it's okay...I always fart when I pass someone.
on June 19,2013 | 11:13AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Can't beat them, join them. Play dumb.
on June 19,2013 | 01:56PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I hope he does ride on the sidewalk. Safer than riding on the road. Just ring your bell as you pass the homeless.
on June 19,2013 | 01:58PM
MC96816 wrote:
Dear Mr. Mayor: Please wear a helmet and watch out for inattentive drivers and cyclists. Their are irresponsible people on both sides of the divide.
on June 19,2013 | 08:54AM
tiki886 wrote:
The presence of the EPA appearing with walkers, bikers and politicians tells me they're going to come up with some scam to artificially increase the costs of gasoline and automobiles.

They'll be discussing "boutique" fuel formulations that will lessen the exhaust that walkers and bikers will have to inhale.

on June 19,2013 | 10:33AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Cheap photo op. Stop by the PRP offices and get some, uh, refreshment.
on June 19,2013 | 10:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
As long as they give an audible signal it's okay. I always faaart when I overtake someone.
on June 19,2013 | 11:14AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Greenhouse gas.
on June 19,2013 | 01:56PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Probably won't get run over with a camera crew and press following you. Try riding on your own, kaboom.
on June 19,2013 | 11:42AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Maybe Kirk could ride on King Street past Pawa'a In-Ha Park>

In a crowded part of town, no residents go in there because of an extreme infestation of homeless.

The park commemorates Korean-Hawaii friendship bu the Korean tour buses don't open their doors and the visitors cannot see the memorials because the sidewalks are covered with filth and tents.

Perhaps Kirk could ask the small business owners about have people leave their human waste all over the doorstep each night>

Maybe Kirk could ask local residents why they are so fearful with rising crime - violent crime - all around them.

on June 19,2013 | 12:03PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Every time I hear his name I get a Krik in my neck.
on June 19,2013 | 01:10PM
OPGLAW wrote:
awesome ! one of things that turned the city of Boston, MA from a cycling nightmare to a great cycling city was a mayor who really cared about bicycling..... Caldwell can do for Honolulu what Menino did for Boston ~~~ and i hope he does !!
on June 19,2013 | 12:00PM
realron wrote:
Right on!
on June 19,2013 | 01:46PM
kvlogic wrote:
I'm sure he'll get right on that. And right after the train gets built he'll ride that, too. Oh, wait. He'll be 106 then, so probably no need.
on June 19,2013 | 03:43PM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Instead of biking it. Try sitting in the front of any bus going down So. Betetania, So King. or Waialae Ave. and note the jarring bumps along these (State Roads). When are they going to be dug up and paved?
on June 19,2013 | 12:16PM
loquaciousone wrote:
How about an early morning ride from Waipahu to Kapolei around 7:30 am? The breeze from those gravel trucks gong by at 50 mph about 20 inches from you is so refreshing. During summer breaks lots of kids don't need to get up to go to school so they're out partying till early in the morning and will greet you with a blast from an air horn or douse you with liquid from their cups -- and it aint water they're drinking.
on June 19,2013 | 01:09PM
loquaciousone wrote:
How about an early morning ride from Waipahu to Kapolei around 7:30 am. The breeze from those gravel trucks gong by at 50 mph about 20 inches from you is so refreshing. During summer breaks lots of kids don't need to get up to go to school so they're out partying till early in the morning and will greet you with a blast from an air horn or douse you with liquid from their cups -- and it aint water they're drinking.
on June 19,2013 | 01:09PM
danji wrote:
WSo you can ride a bike..Please get back in your office and do some work(figure a cure for the homeless)..Just like Obama a lot exposure(and expense traveling) and nothing solved AND I AM SHAME TO SAY I'M A DEMOCRAT. Mr. Mayor you weren't elected to shovel asphalt or check on bike routes.
on June 19,2013 | 01:26PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Stop at Home Depot and pick up a high visibility vest.
on June 19,2013 | 01:49PM
mikethenovice wrote:
With an motorcycle and moped accident listed on the SA.com website just about everyday, why should we expose ourself to that hazard?
on June 19,2013 | 01:52PM
kvlogic wrote:
I'm sure ol' Kirk will be riding his bike to work often. It's a healthier, more affordable alternative to driving for OTHERS, I'm sure.
on June 19,2013 | 03:39PM
glam99 wrote:
Didn't know Kirk could ride a bike. It takes balance and he does lean left.
on June 19,2013 | 05:04PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
He should resign for taking bribes from ORI to convert their city loan to a grant. Him and Martin should be in jail.
on June 19,2013 | 07:37PM
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