One of our favorite priorities and part of our multifaceted energy conservation solution was to reduce automobile use for short trips by developing specific procedures for implementing Complete Streets legislation.
Below is a summary of the bill introduced into the Senate which tackles the problem of funding for the complete streets project enacted in 2009.
Follow the progress of this bill at : http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=829
State of Hawaii Senate bill number 829, Twenty-sixth legislature, 2011
RELATING TO COUNTY VEHICULAR TAXES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
The legislature finds that most of the senseless bicycle injuries and deaths on Hawai‘i roadways are preventable. Roadway fatalities continue to be a major concern for our State. Act 54, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009, requires the department of transportation and county transportation departments to adopt complete streets policies that seek to reasonably accommodate convenient access and mobility for all users of the public highways within their respective jurisdictions, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, and persons of all ages and abilities. Biking is a viable transportation option that also improves health and quality of life.
The legislature further finds that the depressed economy has substantially stalled the State’s ability to move forward on many of the projects that have been planned. Consequently, new avenues of funding are being explored.
The purpose of this Act is to establish an annual bicycle and moped registration renewal fee to augment the moneys in the bikeway fund under section 249-17.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
Posted Lisa Rey: Chair of Energy and Climate Subcommittee