Hawaii County Joins McDonald’s of Hawaii in Stepping Up for Pedestrian Safety

Elementary school students will walk in the footsteps of Ronald McDonald and learn how to safely cross streets thanks to collaboration between the Traffic Division of the Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works and McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawai‘i.

Ronald Shoes
McDonald’s of Hawai‘i is donated decals of Ronald McDonald’s bright red shoeprints imprinted with the messages “STOP” and “LOOK BOTH WAYS,” to the County of Hawai‘i The decals were installed at crosswalks fronting elementary schools around the Island. The decals, which measure approximately 30 inches wide and 22 inches long, are sure to get the attention of young pedestrians, county officials say.

“We thank McDonald’s for this great opportunity to work together and promote crosswalk safety awareness for young students with this unique pedestrian safety campaign at schools,” said Ronald Thiel, Traffic Division chief. “The colorful Ronald McDonald footprint decals on the sidewalks will remind students that crosswalks and intersections are places where they need to be especially alert to passing vehicles.”

Ronald Stop
The County of Hawai‘i Traffic Division has installed the decals at these 10 schools:

South Hilo:

  • Hilo Union Elementary School
  • Kapiolani Elementary School

Hāmākua

  • Honoka‘a Elementary School
  • Pa‘auilo Elementary and Intermediate School

Kona

  • Kahakai Elementary School
  • Hōlualoa Elementary School
  • Kealakehe Elementary School

Ka‘ū

  • Nā‘ālehu Elementary School

South Kohala

  • Waikoloa Elementary School
  • Waimea Elementary School

Ronald McDonald’s bright red shoeprints were installed at the end of one crosswalk closest to each of these schools. Public Works’ “Stop and Look” decals were installed at the remaining three corners of these intersections. The plan is to continue installing the Public Works decals at all crosswalks that the County of Hawaii maintains.  So, far they have installed it at 100 locations.

Mayor Kenoi, PATH to Plan Pedestrian Safety in Wake of Latest Tragedy

Only a week after 79-year-old Tomiko K. Shimazu was killed in a Hilo crosswalk as she attempted to cross the road, Mayor Kenoi will bring key members of his cabinet together with Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) and other traffic safety advocates to complete a comprehensive Pedestrian Safety Action Plan for Hawaii County.

The plan will be drafted over three full days, Tuesday through Thursday this week, by leaders of the Mayor’s Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Planning Departments, the county Corporation Counsel, Civil Defense and Hawaii Police departments, along with advocates from the non-profit bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization PATH and other community leaders.

The three-day workshop will be led by Fred Rank, a traffic engineer from the Federal Highway Administration, and John LaPlante, an engineer with global engineering firm T.Y. Lin International. These key stakeholders will identify steps that county leadership, community organizations and others can take to make Hawaii’s roadways safer for pedestrians. Proposals are expected to include infrastructure improvements, education, encouragement and enforcement strategies.

By the end of the three-day session, Hawaii County will have its own pedestrian safety plan. The plan will be the first of its kind in Hawaii and is critically needed in the wake of tragic crashes leading to over 300 injuries and more than 25 deaths on Hawaii Island roads since 2005.

For more information about the workshop or how to participate, please call Laura Dierenfield, executive director of PATH, at 936-4653, or email: laura@pathhawaii.org. You may also call Bobby Command, Executive Assistant to the Mayor at 895-2416, or email: bcommand@co.hawaii.hi.us.