Posted by: mauibicyclingleague | April 16, 2014

Article: The 20 Best Biking Cities in the World

The 20 Best Biking Cities In The World

It seems when bicycle paths and facilities are built, people use them!



  1. I used to live in Holland(18 years ago) and even back then they make Maui look bad as far as bike friendly roads and cities/towns.

  2. Maui has had six fatalities in the last 11 days. Seven since the beginning of the year….I think it high time for legislators to take some action on improving transportation infrastructure on MAUI…..
    Here is the MAP-21 conference information. The Highlight is making Hawaii great for health, tourism, and quality of life for all by using the available funds in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for bicycling and walking and ensuring that active transportation is an institutional priority. Currently the Hawaii Department of Transportation has yet to set up TAP for the state, which has $3.6 million available for fiscal year 2014. Advocates at the workshop resolve to urge HDOT to fully fund, staff, and implement TAP, as well as fully spend remaining funds available for biking and walking.


    A Screen Shot from Hawaii 2014 Safety Plan….298 pages to reference…….

    The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was signed into law on August 10, 2005. With guaranteed funding for highways, highway safety, and public transportation totaling $244.1 billion, SAFETEA-LU represented the largest surface transportation investment in our Nation’s history. Congress directed that NHTSA make publicly available, on its web site, State highway safety plans, State annual accomplishment reports and NHTSA’s management review and special management review guidelines.
    On July 6, 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law. MAP-21 restructured and made various changes to the highway safety grant programs administered by NHTSA, providing $1.3 billion for highway safety grants programs. MAP-21 specifies a single application deadline for all highway safety grants and emphasizes the requirement that all States have a performance-based highway safety program designed to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting deaths, injuries, and property damage.

    MAP-21 Workshop.

    Last week’s Navigating MAP-21 Workshop, co-hosted by Hawaii Bicycling League and the OahuMPO, held at the Hawaii State Capitol. Your participation contributed to a lively discussion about federal funding opportunities and a collaborative effort of nearly 80 advocates, agency staff, bike retailers, neighborhood board members, and elected officials to brainstorm local strategies for increasing bicycle and pedestrian investments in the state.

    You can download a copy of the presentation on our website. We’ve also posted a recap – including a copy of the welcome letter and video from U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz – on our blog.

    Lastly, attached is an updated contact list of workshop participants, as well as notes from our group discussions.

    We encourage you to continue collaborating with other participants and to stay in touch with the Hawaii Bicycling League and OahuMPO. They’re happy to work with you, so please feel free to reach out to them directly at:
    Chad Taniguchi, Hawaii Bicycling League, (808) 255­‐8271
    Brian Gibson and Marian Yasuda, OahuMPO, (808) 587-2015
    Please visit the Advocacy Advance website for additional resources and don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions, challenges, or strategies about tapping into public funding sources.

    Mahalo from the Advocacy Advance team, Hawaii Bicycling League, and the OahuMPO.


    Darren Flusche, League of American Bicyclists
    Brighid O’Keane, Alliance for Biking & Walking
    Ken McLeod, League of American Bicyclists
    Christy Kwan, Alliance for Biking & Walking

  3. Here is a good guide to use to promote change….Advocate —follow the guide…

  4. Here is the MASTER BIKE PLAN FOR HAWAII….Please Review FYI

    Here is Maui’s Plan—Exert——

    5.3 Island of Maui
    Summary of Maui Bicycle Facilities
    Signed Shared Bicycle Lanes Shared Use Paths All Facilities
    Roads (mi.) (mi.) (mi.) (mi.)
    Existing 37.8 21.6 1.0 60.4
    Underway 7.5 11.0 7.0 25.5
    Proposed 261.5 13.3 62.4 337.2
    Total Network 306.8 45.9 70.4 423.1
    Maui Long-range Land Transportation Plan (1997). This HDOT document incorporates the
    recommendations of Bike Plan Hawaii.
    The Ala Wai Promenade
    is part of the City and
    County of Honolulu’s “Lei
    of Parks”—a network of
    green spaces connected
    by bike routes and paths.
    Waikiki, Oahu.
    Bicycling-related Policy Statements in Local Plans
    One of the transportation objectives in the Maui General Plan (1990) is “to support an advanced
    and environmentally sensitive transportation system which will enable people and goods to move
    safely, efficiently and economically.” Related to this objective is a policy to “support the development
    of a county-wide network of bikeways and pedestrian paths.”
    Objectives of Bikeway Proposals for the Island of Maui:
    • Except where bicycling will be prohibited, include bicycle facilities in new roadway construction
    and during rehabilitation of existing roadways.
    • Develop a circumferential bikeway facility along the existing highways.
    • Identify scenic routes along existing highways and off-highway corridors to promote areas of
    safe, comfortable, and attractive bike rides.
    • Develop designated bike lanes within certain communities/districts (e.g., between Wailuku and
    Kahului) with relatively large populations or smaller communities with high through traffic
    volumes (e.g., Kihei and Paia).
    Areas that will require special design considerations include, but are not limited to the following:
    The Wailuku-Kahului area comprises Maui’s urban core, and the region is well along to providing a
    bicycle-friendly grid. Bike lanes were recently added to Kaahumanu Avenue as part of a widening
    and improvement project.They provide a transportation spine for bicyclists, with access to
    destinations in Wailuku and Kahului. In Kahului, bike lanes can be found on many of the secondary
    arterials (avenues) in the residential area. Expansion of the network will provide more convenient
    connections to elementary, intermediate, and high schools, Maui Community College, major
    shopping centers, the Kahului industrial area, and parks.The Wailuku-Kahului Community Plan
    specifically addresses the need “to offer safe and pleasant means of access by bicycle along routes
    accessing school sites.” Improvements on the older streets of Wailuku will be more challenging as
    they tend to be narrower with limited building setbacks.
    Bike lanes installed as part
    of Kaahumanu Avenue
    widening project.
    Kahului, Maui.
    Northshore Bikeway,
    adjacent to Stable Road.
    Kahului, Maui
    There are several bicycle facilities linking Wailuku-Kahului with other regions, including the bike
    lane on Kahekili Highway, the Northshore Bikeway, and shoulder improvements that will be
    implemented as part of the Mokulele Highway widening project.
    Paia-Haiku Community Plan,Transportation Objectives and Policies:
    • Establish a regional network of bikeways and pedestrian paths.This should include
    providing adequate space to accommodate bicycle traffic throughout the Paia Town area,
    including along Baldwin Avenue from Paia to Makawao.
    • Encourage convenient pedestrian and bicycle access between residences and neighborhood
    commercial areas, parks and public facilities, in order to minimize use of the
    automobile within residential communities.
    Makawao-Pukalani-Kula Community Plan,Transportation Objectives and Policies:
    • Establish safe pathways connecting schools, recreation facilities, and commercial and
    residential centers for use by walkers, joggers, equestrians, and bicyclists.
    Upcountry Greenways Master Plan. The Upcountry Greenways Master Plan is currently being
    developed by the County Planning Department in collaboration with residents and the bicycling
    community. It will propose a system of multi-user trails covering an area from Ulupalakua to
    Haiku.The trail system will provide recreational facilities and serve as an alternative interregional
    transportation system. Based on a preliminary draft of the Greenways Plan, the proposed routes
    are expected to be compatible with the network that is shown in Bike Plan Hawaii.
    The Upcountry region is also important for the bicycle
    tour industry. Most of the bicyclists riding downhill from
    Haleakala National Park pass through Makawao Town and
    continue on Baldwin Avenue.A high priority project is to
    complete bicycle improvements to Baldwin Avenue. Initial
    designs were modified to avoid the displacement and
    relocation of large shower trees. Bike Plan Hawaii further recommends the provision of pull-out
    areas along the Haleakala Crater access road so that escort vans can pull over periodically and
    allow other motor vehicles to pass.
    Kihei-Makena Community Plan,Transportation Objectives and Policies:
    • Strengthen the coordination of land use planning and transportation planning to promote
    sustainable development and to reduce dependence on automobiles. New residential
    communities should provide convenient pedestrian and bicycle access between residences
    and neighborhood commercial areas, parks, and public facilities.
    Every year, thousands of
    people experience
    Haleakala and the
    Upcountry region on a
    downhill bicycling tour.
    Baldwin Avenue, Maui.
    • Plan, design, and construct a pedestrian and bikeway network throughout the Kihei-
    Makena region which considers the utilization of existing stream beds, drainageways,
    wetlands and public rights-of-way along coastal and inland areas.
    Implementing Actions:
    • Preserve and enhance the identity of Kihei’s neighborhoods by designing the north-south
    collector road in discontinuous segments.Work with landowners, neighborhoods, and
    community groups to plan and implement an adjacent but separate trail/greenway/bikepath
    to provide non-motorized public access along the full length of the road reserve. In
    sections where no roadway is built, the trail/greenway/bikepath may be broadened to form
    a neighborhood park, public access, or open space area.
    The Mokulele Highway widening project will improve the connection between Kihei and Kahului.
    Once in the Kihei-Makena region, there are two existing north-south corridors for bicyclists: a
    well-used bike lane on South Kihei Road which is popular despite heavy traffic, and a designated
    bike route along Piilani Highway.There is a project for interim widening of Piilani Highway;
    however, shoulder widths will continue to accommodate bicyclists.
    A third corridor, called the North-South Connector, is in
    development about midway between South Kihei Road
    and Piilani Highway.The new roadway will be integrated
    with an off-road path called the Kihei Greenway.The first
    increment, a 3,000-foot segment from East Waipulani
    Street to Lipoa Street, is underway.The 12-foot wide,
    asphalt-paved path will feature landscaping, lighting, and amenities (benches).The entire pathway is
    envisioned as a four-mile long linear park, running through the middle of Kihei, and will be
    beneficial for children bicycling to and from schools along the route. For much of its length, the
    greenway will be adjacent to the North-South Connector Road; however, since the road is not
    planned as a continuous thoroughfare, the greenway will offer greater connectivity to nonmotorized
    Bicycle facilities on mauka-makai connectors are equally important, but the older, narrow streets
    will be difficult to modify. In contrast, newer streets, such as Kenolio and Alanui Ke Alii, have been
    designed with bike lanes or wide curb lanes.The shift in roadway design evident in the Kihei
    region is illustrative of the county’s efforts to make new streets bike friendly.
    Bike lane along
    South Kihei Road.
    Kihei, Maui.
    Hana Community Plan,Transportation Objectives and Policies:
    There are no specific references to bicycling, but the plan includes objectives that will
    serve bicyclists.
    • Improve road conditions through more frequent resurfacing and repair.
    • Encourage a program of roadway safety improvements, including shoulder widening,
    pull-over spots, and installation of new signage and guardrails that do not detract from
    the region’s scenic and rural character.
    Significant road work will be required in order to access Hana via the Hana Highway to the north
    and Piilani highway to the south. It is recommended that future proposed bikeways along these
    routes be developed concurrently with HDOT and Maui County roadwork activities.
    West Maui
    West Maui Community Plan,Transportation Objectives and Policies:
    • Support improvements for the safe and convenient movement of people and goods,
    pedestrians and bicyclists in the Lahaina region particularly along Honoapiilani Highway,
    Front Street, and Lower Honoapiilani Road and seek to establish a regional network of
    bikeways and pedestrian paths.
    • Promote residential communities that provide convenient pedestrian and bicycle access
    between residences and neighborhood commercial areas, parks and public facilities, in
    order to minimize use of the automobile.
    • Establish Front Street and Wainee Street as local roads within Lahaina Town with an
    emphasis on enhancing pedestrian and bicycle amenities through (a) reduction of on-street
    parking; and (b) improvements to pedestrian circulation.
    Implementing Actions:
    • Establish major recreation ways for pedestrians and bicycles from the pali to Lahaina town
    and to Kapalua along the coastal highways, including Honoapiilani Highway and Lower
    Honoapiilani Road, and along the southern side of Kahoma Stream and other major
    drainage channels.
    • Redesign mauka-makai streets in Lahaina town to enhance pedestrian and bicycle movement
    to include enhanced sidewalk/mall facilities, bicycle lanes, and street furniture with
    particular attention to Lahainaluna Road.
    • Modify Front Street and Wainee between Prison and Papalaua Streets for
    pedestrian/bicycle emphasis. Pedestrian connections through block interiors should be
    encouraged as part of larger development projects.
    Currently the longest bicycle facility on Maui is the signed bike route on Honoapiilani Highway
    from Maalaea to Kapalua. For improved safety, a lighted warning system has been installed at the
    tunnel to alert motorists when bicyclists are inside.
    Opportunities to develop additional bicycle facilities have opened with the decline of agricultural
    production. One possibility is a greenway on former cane haul roads from Olowalu, passing in
    front of Pioneer Mill, and extending to Kaanapali.

  5. Here is the response from Maui Public Works…

    Thank you for your emails. When designing roadway infrastructure projects, the County of Maui follows the 2003 Bike Plan Hawaii (A State of Hawaii Master Plan) to implement and incorporate as many bicycle routes within our projects where physically and economically feasible. If you’d like to continue to provide your input and assistance, please contact your local state and county representatives to request funding for additional bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Maui County.

    Kurt Watanabe

    Department of Public Works – Traffic Section County of Maui

  6. Anyone know why Lahaina Bypass does not allow bicycles?

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