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Hawaiʻi plans to build more bikeways statewide

Office of Mayor Rick Blangiardi

The state Department of Transportation is asking residents to complete an online survey to better understand Hawaiʻi’s bicycle needs.

The survey will help the department prioritize construction for bicycle lanes and safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists.

Diane Dohm, the state bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, says the highest demands can be seen around schools.

"Oftentimes income is directly related to how often someone walks, bikes, or takes transit," she said.

"In those communities that we look at as being 'equity areas,' we definitely see higher bicycle, pedestrian, and transit use — especially from the youth population," Dohm told HPR.

Increased bicycle use will help the state reach its zero-emission goals by 2030.

The state’s bike plan was last updated in 2003.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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