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Mo-ped use of bike rack OK if the signage allows parking

For Wednesday, June 8, 2011

By June Watanabe

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Question: Where are we allowed to park our mo-peds in downtown Honolulu? I have seen police ticketing mo-peds parked on sidewalks along Beretania Street and Fort Street Mall.

Answer: You can place your mo-ped on a bicycle rack on a sidewalk only if it has a sign or sticker that allows mo-ped parking.

“If there is no such designation, you cannot legally park your mo-ped there,” said Michelle Yu, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Police Department.

This is covered under Section 15-13.11 (c) of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu, which states, “Nothing herein shall prohibit the parking of a mo-ped in a bicycle rack located on a sidewalk where signage so permits, provided however, that no person shall drive the mo-ped on the sidewalk in violation of HRS Section 291C-196(c).”

Motorcycles or motor scooters are not allowed to park at bike racks.

Meanwhile, the provision of Hawaii Revised Statutes referred to says, “No person shall drive a mo-ped on any sidewalk or area intended for use as a sidewalk, nor shall any person drive a mo-ped on any path or other area intended for the exclusive use of pedestrians.”

Question: I got a ticket when I parked my mo-ped on the sidewalk on Nuuanu Street. I couldn’t find one mo-ped parking space, so I tied my mo-ped on the meter and I got a $55 ticket. Why can’t the city provide more parking for mo-peds?

Answer: There are designated parking spaces for mo-peds on Chaplain Lane and in municipal parking lots, according to Wayne Yoshioka, director of the city Department of Transportation Services.

In addition, he said “wave”-style bike racks on Fort Street Mall are available for mo-peds, although they are not labeled as mo-ped parking.

“HPD has not been ticketing those because those racks are not on sidewalks,” Yoshioka said.

CFL DISPOSAL

Regarding disposal of compact fluorescent lights (“Kokua Line,” June 4), two readers pointed out that Home Depot also will accept unbroken CFLs placed in plastic bags.

MAHALO

To everyone who helped me after I survived a rollover truck crash on the H-3 freeway on Sunday, May 1. Three or four cars stopped behind me to help, all keeping me calm as I hung upside down. I remember someone named Gary, one of the men who helped me out of my truck. I remember a lady, who took my dog to safety, and a young boy asking if I was OK. Risking cuts from glass and other injuries, you all stayed and helped me. Even in the pouring rain, you had your cellphones out, called 911 and stayed until the ambulance took me. I want to thank you all: the good Samaritans, HPD, HFD, paramedics, everyone in the Queen’s ER (including nurse Mat and Dr. Ganir), Dr. Robert Kagawa at Kuakini Medical Center and the person driving in front of my boyfriend and me (who we don’t know) who paid our Kuakini parking garage ticket after my follow-up appointment. My dog, Zoe, and I are recovering quickly. You are all proof that the aloha spirit lives. Our paths may never cross again, but I hope you all know you have left a lasting impression on my heart. I will definitely “pay it forward.”

— Quinn Miyashiro

AUWE

To the young couple in the black-and-white Nissan who was at Anna Miller’s restaurant at about 9:45 p.m. May 21. When you eat a meal at a restaurant and walk out, it costs every other patron more money to eat there! I am sure the staff at Anna Miller’s restaurant was disappointed with your behavior.

— Rob S.

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