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Hawaii DOT Wins Award from National Organization for Pedestrian Plan

Hawaii Department of Transportation this week received recognition from the American Planning Association for its Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan, which helps to make pedestrians safer and provide a more connected, multi-modal transportation system in the state.

HDOT's Pedestrian Master Plan provides a comprehensive approach to improving pedestrian safety, evaluates ways to enhance mobility for pedestrians, and helps build a more multi-modal transportation system across Hawaii. HDOT's plan also prioritizes various pedestrian projects for improvement, identifies and promotes the Complete Streets vision for Hawaii, and meets federal requirements for multimodal planning.

APA awarded HDOT with its "National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation Planning" for the pedestrian plan. "Hawaii's Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan prioritizes pedestrian safety, mobility, and accessibility, and is the first in the nation to have a statewide, pedestrian-only focus," according to APA.

HDOT Director Glenn Okimoto touted the importance of one major element of the plan.

"The Hawaiian Pedestrian Toolbox is a key component of the plan and includes guidelines and best practices for the planning, design, operation and maintenance of pedestrian facilities," Okimoto said in a statement. "The Toolbox offers a one-stop resource for pedestrian improvements that planners and designers will use as they move forward on HDOT's many highway projects."

APA's National Planning Excellent and Achievement Awards recognize the top planning efforts and people that "create communities of lasting value." Specifically, the organization honors outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their commitment and leadership on planning issues.

Additional information on HDOT's Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan is available here. A full list of all APA 2014 National Planning Award winners is available here.

1/24/2014
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