Mayor Kirk Caldwell has signed a bill into law, naming bicycle lanes along Ala Napunani Street after Moanalua High School graduate and all-star baseball player Zachary Manago.
Bill 77, which was introduced by Councilman Joey Manahan in September, honors the legacy of Zachary Manago.
Manago was an 18-year-old freshman at Hawaii Pacific University when he was tragically killed in a hit-and-run collision along Kamehameha Highway near the Leilehua Golf Course on Dec. 17, 2010, while on an organized bicycle ride. Bill 77 directs the city to name the bicycle lanes along Ala Napunani Street, where Manago was raised, in his memory.
“We’re honored that the Ala Napunani bike lanes are being named in memory of Zach,” said Daphne Manago, Zachary’s mom, in a press release. “Our hope is that the lanes will raise awareness for safer streets. Thank you for keeping our son Zach’s vision for more bike lanes and safer streets alive.”
Manahan said: “Zachary Manago was passionate about Complete Streets so more people could ride their bikes without having to fear for their safety. This bill was introduced to honor Zach’s legacy. Dedicating these bike lanes in his name not only honors his memory, but it also serves as an everyday reminder for all commuters – motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians – to share our roads. Mahalo to the Manago family and friends for their continued support and volunteer efforts to raise awareness so Honolulu can be a safer place to commute and to live, work, and play.”
The city Department of Transportation Services is now working with Manahan’s office and the Manago family to create signage along Ala Napunani Street that will appropriately honor Zachary’s memory.