For several decades, Kihei was planned to be a “walkable-bikeable” community, as is frequently mention in our 1998 Kihei-Makena Community Plan (which can be viewed on this website). But like much in the plan, it was never implemented. There has yet to be a contiguous sidewalk on S. Kihei Rd. (SKR), but now we are addressing the “bikeable” portion of the term.
For us, safe bicycling for our entire community, keiki to kupuna, really means a segregated bike path, like the great, but oh-so-short path on Liloa.
But as the north portion of the North South Collector Rd. (NSCR), which this parallels, is at least another decade away, next best are very well marked bike lanes along local roadways. This means more than a solid white line along a road shoulder, but bright green painted lanes, which are used in countless locations. Here are a few examples of existing ones.
We have requested some existing bike lanes be painted like this in Kihei with little success. But this year, thanks to our Councilmember Kelly King, there is funding for a grant to purchase the paint and materials for such a pilot project in cooperation with the County Administration’s Dept. of Public Works (DPW).
This is a public-private partnership and DPW will only select an appropriate location and is not responsible to apply the paint. So we are trying to formulate a plan for community cooperation to proceed through the county granting process to free up the funds for DPW to purchase the paint and related materials. Once that is accomplished we will be seeking professional help to physically apply the paint for the lane. If you are interested in participating, please let us know.