In July, USGBC Hawaii took part in a convergence of bikes, healthy local food and insightful speakers at the SALT district in Kaka’ako. BikeShare Hawaii provided 20 Biki Bikes and Honolulu Bicycling League (HBL) led a group down the new protected bike lane on South Street.
Bicycling makes you feel like a kid again, and we were jubilant on the bike path together, then enjoyed Motown music and local grindz donated by Down To Earth back at SALT headquarters. After some good talk, we settled in for the informative part of the day.
- Lori McCarney from BikeShare walked us through the new Biki Bike locations, how many people are riding around on any given day and the process of transforming mobility options for Honolulu with the help of many partners, including HBL.
- Daniel Alexander from HBL gave us a rundown of how they encourage the folks in the Capitol to put in a minimum number of bike lanes. If you want to know more about biking in traffic, or biking in general, check out HBL's free monthly community events.
- Mike Packard, from the city and county of Honolulu, laid out how the city has been engaging local communities. He talked about efforts to increase both pedestrian and bike mobility within the city, including the recently installed South Street protected bike lane and McCully Street bike lane. Packard emphasized that change is community-driven, and if we really want to see change, we need to talk with our local representatives.
- Caterine Picardo Diaz, from the city and county’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD), explained how the city is working to use rail to encourage walkable, healthy neighborhoods that connect people with jobs, homes, services and parks. Projects like the Ala Moana neighborhood or Keeaumoku and the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail will connect us as a community, while also providing a healthy transportation alternative.
- USGBC Hawaii board member Ian Tierney walked us through how to take advantage of the LEED credit for biking-related improvements, and our treasurer, Dr. Amanda Cording, gave us food for thought on how to integrate green stormwater infrastructure (bioretention, porous materials, etc) into City road improvement projects.
USGBC Hawaii would like to extend a big "Mahalo" to the event sponsors, Ignite Solutions Group, HBL, BikeShare, HHF, Down to Earth and KYA for their support. Like they say, it takes a village.
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