The short answer if YES, but it’s not what you might think! This time the they are fixing a hazardous condition on the shoulder of the road created by the contractor who repaved the road. (Remember the 7 year road construction project on Kalaheo? LOL) When complaints about the hazardous conditions were forwarded to the City, I received the runaround. The repaving created a ridge in the center of the “bike” route, and bicycle tires would get caught up in the ridge causing people to fall off their bikes. During my research, I learned their is difference between bikes lanes, bike baths, and bike routes. The Kalaheo Avenue stretch from Kuulei Rd (traffic light) up to Kalawapawai Market is considered a bike route, and starting a few days ago, the shoulder of the makai (mountain) side of the road is getting repaved thus eliminating the unsafe conditions for bicyclists.
Don’t get me wrong, riding your bike Kailua can be a bit hazardous, but it’s nice to see the City finally addressing this issue. With the recent huge increase in Japanese tourists riding rented bicycles down Kuulei Rd towards the beach, one can only wonder if these repairs were done to enhance the tourist experience or were done to keep local bike riders safe. Just sayin!
For information on bicycling on Oahu, please visit the Hawaii Bicycling League’s Website