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Kaua`i Bike Path Finishes Next Phase

Last week, officials held A blessing  for a recently completed segment of the pedestrian bike path. Thus,  the project moves one step closer to meeting its goal of offering 16 miles of coastal trails.Beginning at the Lihi Park trailhead, the completed section continues 2.5 miles to Kealia Beach Park and represents the first half of the path’s second phase. The remining portion is set to open this summer and runs about 1.8 miles from Kealia to Kuna Bay (Donkey Beach). The bike path is one of the coolest projects on east side of Kauai and insures beach access along alll the areas it runs for perpetuity!

“We’re very pleased to officially open this segment of the bike path,” Mayor Bryan Baptiste said. “A lot of people worked hard to have us come this far. Now we can all enjoy the magnificent scenery along the path from Lihi Park to Kealia Beach Park as well as the segment at Lydgate.”

The path falls under the county parks system and all ordinances governing the parks will apply to the path. In order to educate path users, police officers and park rangers have been handing out flyers. My wife Gwen recently had an encounter with an enforcement officer. We like to walk our dog Samson in the early morning We've been doing it for months and just learned that is being prohibited. We are sad about that because it's a wonderful walking path for dogs and humans. Starting in March,  apparently citations will be issued for violations. According to the Kaua‘i County Code, dogs and other domestic animals are prohibited in parks. Violations can incur fines ranging from $15 to $500.Motorized vehicles, with the exception of motorized wheelchairs, are also prohibited on the path.

The next phase of the path, Phase III, will run nearly two miles from Lydgate to Lihi Park, connecting the completed portions of the path. It is currently in the design process, and construction is planned to begin next year.Phase IV, which will be from Lydgate Park to Ahukini Landing, is currently undergoing the environmental assessment process. After the study is completed in March, the next step will be the Special Management Area and Conservation District Use permitting process. Phase V is scheduled for an environmental assessment in the fall and will go from Kuna Bay to Anahola. Phase VI, the final phase, will run from Nawiliwili to Ahukini Landing and is currently in the SMA and CDU permitting process.

The first phase of the project along Lydgate Beach Park was finished in 2003. When the entire path is completed, it will cover more than 16 continuous miles from Nawiliwili to Anahola. I've got to get myself a bike and experience this path as perhaps it was intended. When i walk along Kealia Beach, the views of the coastline are simply mind boggling. You've got to walk on the path to believe it.

Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: ron@hawaiilife.com

Comment balloon 0 commentsRonnie Margolis • February 19 2008 02:28AM