People pose danger by not following transportation rules
The biggest challenge to people using various modes of transportation in South Maui is not the variety but the people. Motor vehicles not yielding to bikes and walkers. Bikes legally riding on sidewalks, where permitted, not yielding to pedestrians. Pedestrians running in bike lanes and jaywalking.
Ideally, we’d have roadways for cars, segregated bike paths for cyclists and sidewalks for pedestrians. On South Kihei Road we have a lack of sidewalks, narrow often disappearing, bike lanes (a white line on the roadway) and a regularly violated 30 mph speed limit by scooters to semis.
Recently we walked a portion of South Kihei Road with Pubic Works Director David Goode and Council Member Kelly King’s executive assistant Susan Foley in broad daylight, following a preplanned examination of roadway sections to offer firsthand the challenges and lack of safety faced by pedestrians. See gokihei.org/environment/walking-and-talking-along-south-kihei-road-friday-morning.
Our goal continues to be engineering improvements getting us to the often-stated walkable bikeable community from the current (1998) community plan. See www.co.maui.hi.us/documentcenter/view/1712.
Since that reality is many years away, we need a change in community attitude using Hawaiian values of pono and aloha. Drivers, stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and give cyclists safe room. When walking, go to the crosswalk to cross, and when there is a sidewalk use it. Cyclists, stay off sidewalks in commercial areas following state law, and yield to walkers when you are on sidewalks.
Mike Moran, President
Kihei Community Association