About Bikeshare Hawaii
Bikeshare Hawaii is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization aiming to launch and manage bikeshare in the state of Hawaii. It strives to create a strong public/private partnership in order to launch and maintain bikeshare systems throughout the state. It will seek public and private funding to launch operations and is designed to maintain and grow system coverage through revenue generated by its customers. Bikeshare Hawaii is currently supported by Ulupono Initiative, Hawaii Pacific University, the State of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu, and is actively seeking other partnerships. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Mayor Kirk Caldwell were both early advocates of bikeshare in Hawaii and provided key start-up funding commitments.
Lori McCarney, CEO
Lori McCarney has 35+ years of experience in senior management and has held executive positions in local, national and international markets. She specializes in marketing and has a strong background in business strategy development. McCarney's local experience includes serving as a Senior VP of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, Chief Marketing Officer of FlyHawaii Airlines, and Executive VP-Director of Marketing at Bank of Hawaii. Prior to moving to Hawaii, she held executive leadership positions at Wells Fargo, Bank of America and major advertising agencies. Additionally, McCarney is currently Chair of the Blood Bank of Hawaii Board of Trustees and the Communications Chair for Kapiolani Health Foundation. She is also an avid cyclist and accomplished Ironman triathlete.
Ben Trevino, President & COO
Ben Trevino is an experienced entrepreneur and technologist. He was a founder of Interisland Terminal, a Honolulu-based non-profit organization with projects including community spaces, the Kaka‘ako Agora, and R&D Bookstore and Cafe. Prior to Bikeshare Hawaii, Trevino was with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) where he was the architect of the UHERO Dashboard Project, a community data visualization portal for Hawaii data. He has held previous positions with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, the Hawaii International Film Festival and Google. He currently serves on the board of Common Cause Hawaii. Trevino holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Shidler School of Business at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was recognized as a member of the Pacific Business News Forty under 40 Class of 2016. He has been commuting by bike in Hawaii for ten years.
Informational Flyer Organizational Study
Bikeshare Hawaii has prepared an informational briefing The City and County of Honolulu's Department
with the organizational and system basics. of Planning and Permitting released a bikeshare
organizational study in June 2014. The full report
can be downloaded here:
What is bikeshare, and how does it differ from traditional bike renting?
Bikeshare is a public transportation service that allows bicycles to be rented out to individuals for short trips. Individuals can rent out a bike from one docking station and return it at another docking station.
Bikeshare is not the same as bicycling. Bikeshare provides you a bike when and where you need it throughout your day. It is typically used for short trips that customers can combine with other transportation modes.
Why does Hawaii need bikeshare?
Hawaii’s bikeshare program will benefit both the public and the private sector. It will give people an alternative to driving in congested traffic, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, promote fitness, provide a boost to local small business, and foster a sense of community for the State and its residents. It will also deliver retail customers to small businesses and community engagement opportunities to sponsors.
Who can use bikeshare?
Bikeshare is a viable transportation option for everyone. Whether you’re a resident, a visitor, a business person or a teacher, there is a trip in your day that bikeshare can help you with. It is affordable, convenient and easy to use, and will be everywhere you live, work and play in Urban Honolulu.
The bikes will be easy to use, accommodating riders of all sizes who can jump on a bike and start riding no matter their attire, including professionally dressed women.
Is bikeshare safe?
Yes. In fact, bikeshare user are less likely to be injured in crashes than private bike users.
Bikeshare puts more people on bikes and is a big reason why it has been shown to calm traffic and make communities safer for bikers and pedestrians alike.
Although bikeshare riders often are inexperienced and helmetless, they have a better safety record than other bike riders. Here are some of the top reasons why bikeshare is safer than regular biking:
Bikeshare bikes are designed differently
- Bikeshare bikes are built for durability and with safety in mind. They are stockier and heavier than most any other bike. Their wide tires are designed to withstand the wear and tear of being used as urban public transit and sturdy through potholes and road bumps. Bikeshare bikes also are biased against speed, some might say clunky, which makes it difficult for riders to go fast, and thus, reduces the likelihood of accidents.
- Other differences include limited gears (remember the idea of keeping speeds down?) and drum brakes, which are unaffected by rain or road grit. Bikeshare bikes also are painted with bright colors and equipped with flashing lights and upright seating, making it easier for drivers to see and avoid riders, especially at night.
Bikeshare riders are less experienced riders
- While bikeshare bikes are easy to use and accommodate riders of all sizes, it seems that a majority of bikeshare riders are new to biking or haven’t been on a bike in years. The MTI report found that less experience equals defensive and risk-averse riders. As such, riders tend to be extra cautious while riding borrowed bikeshare bikes, leading to fewer crashes.
Bikeshare systems are in denser, urban areas
- Most bikeshare programs operate in dense, urban areas where the average driving speed is low and has more pedestrians. In these areas, drivers are already on the lookout for pedestrians, so this translates to drivers being naturally more attentive. And that means less chance of a car colliding with a bikeshare rider. Driver inattention is often cited as a main factor in crashes.
- While more research still needs to be done, bikeshare is a safe option for getting around a city. Bikeshare actually enhances road safety for everyone on a bike. More people on bikes calm traffic and make communities safer for everyone. The smart, safety-focused designs coupled with cautious riding habits combine for a low-barrier complement to city transit options.
For more information on bikeshare safety, check out Mineta Transportation Institute’s full report.