Pedestrians /Bicycles

Facts about "Jaywalking"

Did you know that there are people who think that it is okay to jaywalk?

Some people feel that it is inconvenient to use a marked crosswalk or to walk to the corner to cross the street. Some are in a rush and think that they can get across the street before the approaching vehicle reaches them. They assume that once they're on the roadway the driver of a vehicle can see them crossing. Others assume that jaywalking is allowed because they see other people doing it all the time. But it isn't.

Jaywalking is against the law

Jaywalking is against the law and is punishable by a fine of $130 for pedestrians who don't obey the law in the state of Hawaii.

What is Jaywalking?

Jaywalking is crossing the street outside of a crosswalk or away from a street corner.

Jaywalking is dangerous and deadly

Each year more than a dozen pedestrians are killed and hundreds more are injured while crossing Oahu streets. To avoid becoming a statistic, the HPD urges pedestrians to use crosswalks, obey crossing signals, and watch out for drivers who are distracted or who disregard traffic signals.

Inattention on the part of drivers and pedestrians can lead to deadly collisions that forever change the lives of everyone involved. Stay alert, stay alive.

Additional pedestrian violations

Pedestrian Entering Roadway on Red Signal (Pedestrian Obedience to "Don't Walk" Sign) = $130.00 fine.

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Bicycle Laws

Bicycle Police

Anyone who rides a bicycle on the street or bicycle path must obey the bicycle laws. Parents shouldn't knowingly permit their children to violate the laws.

291C-141: Effects of regulation

(a) It is a traffic infraction for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this part.

(b) The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate this chapter.

(c) These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or upon any bicycle path set aside for the preferential or exclusive use of bicycles subject to those exceptions herein.

Bicycle Riders

Bicyclists riding on the roadway have the same rights as vehicle drivers. Bicyclists also have to obey all applicable traffic laws.

291c-142: Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subjected to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by chapter 291C of the Hawaii Traffic Code.

Bicycle Stadle

Persons riding bikes must ride on a regular attached seat. No packing allowed! Each person must have their own seat.

291C-143: Riding on bicycles

(a) A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereon.

(b) No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

Bicycle Truck

It's not only dangerous to hold onto a vehicle while riding a bike, on a skateboard, or similar toy... It's against the law!

291C-144: Clinging to vehicles

No person riding upon any coaster, roller skates, sled, or toy bicycle or other toy vehicle shall attach it or oneself to any vehicle upon a roadway, and no person riding a bicycle or moped upon any roadway shall attach the bicycle or moped or oneself to any vehicle other than the one the person is riding.

Bicycle Info

Bicycles on the roadway should ride in a single file near the right-hand curb or edge of roadway in the same direction as traffic. Be careful when passing vehicles parked on the side of the road.

291C-145: Riding on roadways and bikeways

(a) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at such time shall ride as near to the right-hand curb, on the edge of the roadway, or the shoulder off the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

(b) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall ride in single file; provided that where the flow of traffic is unimpeded, riding two abreast upon bicycle lanes and bicycle paths shall be permitted when such lane or path is of sufficient width to allow riding two abreast unless otherwise prohibited by rule or ordinance adopted by the director of transportation or by the counties.

Bicycle Carry

You have to have one hand on the handle bars at all times. You can't carry anything that prevents you from using both hands to control your bicycle.

291C-146: Carrying articles

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle, or article which prevents the use of both hands in the control and operation of the bicycle. A person operating a bicycle shall keep at lease one hand on the handle bars at all times.

Persons under 16 years old must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

291C-150: Bicycle Helmets

No person under sixteen years of age shall operate a bicycle upon a street, bikeway, or any other public property unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that has been tested by a nationally recognized agency such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Safety Council, or the Children's Safety Network, and is designed to fit the user and protect against head trauma. This requirement also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or who rides in a trailer towed by the bicycle.

Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Wear clothes that make you more visible.

  • Be cautious when riding a bike at night. Make sure you have the proper lights on your bicycle. Wear reflective materials or clothing.

  • Wear a helmet. Studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce injuries by up to 80%.

  • Loose items should be secured to a properly installed carrier or carried in a backpack.

  • Protect against bike theft. Most bikes stolen are not locked.

  • Obey traffic signs, signals and road markings.

  • Be familiar with the laws pertaining to bicycles.

Moped Laws


  • A moped driver must have a valid driver's license.
  • A moped driver must be at least 15 years of age (18 years with out-of-state license).
  • Parents or guardians are responsible for violations, misconduct, and negligence of minor moped drivers.
  • Traffic laws apply to persons driving mopeds except where special rules apply.
  • A moped must not be driven on a freeway or interstate highway.
  • No passenger may be carried on a moped.
  • Mopeds may not be driven on a sidewalk, a sidewalk area, or any other place intended for the exclusive use by pedestrians.
  • A moped must be driven as near to the right edge of the roadway as is practicable.
  • A moped must not be driven at a speed greater than 35 miles per hour. On a level surface a moped must not be capable of going faster than 30 miles per hour.
  • Mopeds must be driven in single file.
  • Mopeds must use bicycle lanes where provided on a roadway.
  • Mopeds may use bicycle paths except where prohibited by signs.
  • A moped driver must ride astride the seat with one leg on each side of the moped.
  • A moped must not be driven when attached to a vehicle or other transportation device.


  • A moped must be registered with the County director of finance.
  • Dealers must register every new moped sold.
  • A moped must display a current registration decal on the rear fender facing rearward.
  • A moped without a current registration decal is subject to seizure and sale by the police.
  • The fraudulent use or removal of a moped decal is subject to a penalty of $500.00.

Equipment Requirements

  • Motor: maximum two horsepower (one thousand four hundred ninety-two watts, or a maximum of 50 cubic centimeters displacement); may not be modified to increase power.
  • Automatic drive.
  • Brakes on all wheels.
  • Fenders over all wheels.
  • Suitable guards on drive chains or belts and rotating parts.
  • An approved muffler in the exhaust system.
  • A seat or saddle.
  • Headlamp, tail lamp, stop lamp and required reflectors.
  • A speedometer.
  • An electrically actuated horn.
  • A retracting stand.
  • Possession of a moped, a moped motor, or any other moped part with an altered, erased, or mutilated identification or serial number is prohibited.




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