THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

948

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to sidewalks.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that useful sidewalk networks are integral components of streets and roadways in Hawaii's communities, where pedestrians need safety, comfort, accessibility, and efficient mobility. Sidewalk networks increase pedestrian safety by separating pedestrians from vehicle traffic vertically, such as raised curbs, and horizontally, if space is available. Sidewalks also produce positive public-health outcomes by encouraging walking, making communities more accessible, and contributing to more sustainable communities by decreasing dependence on motor vehicles. The department of health 2020-2030 Draft Healthy Hawaii Strategic Plan sets a goal to increase the total miles of safe pedestrian infrastructure by fifty miles.

The legislature further finds that there is significant disparity in the installation, maintenance, and improvement of sidewalk networks even within the same county. There is also little to no transparent information around the installation, repair, and maintenance of sidewalk networks available to ordinary citizens.

The purpose of this Act is to improve equitable access to safe sidewalk networks by requiring the department of transportation and each county's transportation department to:

(1) Create and maintain a priority list of sidewalk installation and improvement projects; and

(2) Publish the priority list on their respective websites.

SECTION 2. Chapter 264, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"264-   Sidewalk project priority lists. (a) The department of transportation and each county's transportation department shall create and maintain a priority list of sidewalk installation and improvement projects. The priority lists shall be updated no less than once per year.

(b) Each priority list required by subsection (a) shall include information about the type, cost, and location of the projects on the priority list.

(c) In establishing a priority list required by subsection (a), the department of transportation and each county's transportation department shall evaluate a project's:

(1) Cost;

(2) Impact on pedestrian safety;

(3) Importance to a larger pedestrian network;

(4) Importance for providing first- and last-mile connectivity to transit; and

(5) Potential to reduce disparities in health, safety, and mobility, based on geography and other social determinants, including age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and ability,

via a formal prioritization model.

(d) Each priority list required by subsection (a) shall be published on the respective website of the department of transportation or county transportation department. Each priority list shall be accompanied by information on what percentage of the respective department's capital improvement budget has been allocated to sidewalks and improving pedestrian accessibility during that reporting period."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2021.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Sidewalks; Priority List; Department of Transportation; Counties

 

Description:

Requires the department of transportation and each county's transportation department to create and maintain a priority list of sidewalk installation and improvement projects and to publish the priority list on their respective websites.

 

 

 

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