Many of Hawaii’s communities are looking to become more walkable and bikeable – as a means to helping seniors, kids, and others get where they need to go; to boost tourism; and to preserve the natural beauty of the islands. However, growing suburban-style sprawl development, coupled with roadways designed solely for vehicles, threaten to turn the state’s unique landscape and cultural identify into ‘Anywhere, USA.’ The State of Hawaii passed a law in 2009 requiring all counties to adopt a Complete Streets policy to help achieve these goals.
PPS was contracted by the State Health Department to organize in-depth Complete Streets trainings in three Hawaii communities in September 2012 – Oahu, Kaua'i, and Maui. Each of these counties was seeking guidance on how best to implement their recently Complete Streets policies. Our interactive workshops brought together each community’s Planning, Public Works, and Health staff, focusing on: 1. Utilizing flexibility within typical transportation design standards and manuals in order to promote Complete Streets; 2. Successfully engaging transportation engineers; 3. Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper strategies for transforming streets and intersections; 4. Field exercise to identify local Complete Streets barriers and opportunities; and 5. Methods to implement Complete Streets, including the development of street typology systems.
About 180 people participated in the workshops and other meetings organized during PPS’s site visit. Gary Toth, Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives, also testified before the Kaua'i County Council in support of Complete Streets and provided input on how best to implement the Central Maui Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan to Maui's Mayor and the local Bike-Ped Committee.