New Protected Bicycle Lanes on Ward Avenue
Riders have new protected bicycle lanes in Honolulu, and more could be on the way.
The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services introduced the new lane that runs along Ward Avenue.
Connecting to the protected bike lanes on King Street, the Ward Avenue bike lanes are the first protected lanes to run on both sides of the street. The lanes are painted green along the edges of pedestrian walkways and the asphalt roads for cars.
The installation of Honolulu’s first protected bikeway on South King Street in 2014 reduced pedestrian-vehicle collisions in the corridor by half, according to the city.
The success of the King Street facility was followed by installation of the South Street protected bikeway in 2017, and the Pensacola protected bikeway in 2020.
The city says creating a network of comfortable bicycle facilities will reduce dependence on personal vehicles, which will also help reduce car traffic and greenhouse emissions.
Additional protected bike lanes are proposed in Kaka‘ako and Downtown.