Biki Open House, May 18

Biki Open House, May 18

Due to the great turnout we had at last month's open house, we will be hosting a second one on May 18!
 
We invite you to attend our next Biki Open House to get the latest updates on the Biki program, plans for the launch this summer, Biki bike demo including features and functionality, see where the 100 Biki Stops will be placed and more. Our City and community partners will also be in attendance to answer questions you may have on bicycling laws and safety, bike lanes and complete streets.

Biki Open House, April 19

Biki Open House, April 19

Are you as excited about Biki as we are? Want to see the new Biki bike and learn more about Honolulu’s new bikeshare program?

We invite you to attend a Biki Open House to get the latest updates on the Biki program, plans for the launch this summer, Biki bike demo including features and functionality, see where the 100 Biki Stops will be placed and more. Representatives from Hawaii Bicycling League and the City and County’s Complete Streets Program also will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have on bicycling laws and safety, bike lanes and complete streets.

April 2017 Outreach Public Events

April 2017 Outreach Public Events

March was a busy month with a couple of exciting announcements. This month we are planning a whole series of public outreach events to listen and learn from the communities that Biki will serve when our bikeshare program launches later this summer. Below is a list of neighborhood board meetings and a public presentation. We hope you will join us as we’d love to hear your thoughts about Biki!

Second of a Five-Part Series: Why Honolulu Can Support a Successful Bikeshare System #2: Density

Second of a Five-Part Series: Why Honolulu Can Support a Successful Bikeshare System #2: Density

We’re not talking about physics here.  The “density” we’re referring to is having a concentration of residences, businesses and attractions within close proximity to each other.  Our initial service area, from Chinatown to Diamond Head, is indeed dense and becoming more so, with cranes and moving trucks all over town signaling the arrival of even more residences and businesses.

First of a Five-Part Series: Why Honolulu Can Support a Successful Bikeshare System #1: Weather

First of a Five-Part Series:  Why Honolulu Can Support a Successful Bikeshare System #1:  Weather

Great weather year-round is one of five key reasons we think Bikeshare Hawaii will be a success when we launch later this year.  You see, other cities simply aren’t this lucky. Freezing weather, snow, ice and rain cause some systems to reduce or completely close down operations in the winter.  In cities that keep bikes out, ridership naturally drops. (It is noteworthy, however, that many people DO continue to use bikeshare in the winter.  Brrr!)

North America Bikeshare Conference

North America Bikeshare Conference

While the bikeshare industry is just over a decade old, it is growing rapidly with hundreds of systems in operation around the world and more in the planning stages.  Because bikeshare systems are typically linked to a specific municipality, they are unique.  But, they do share many common issues and opportunities.  The North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA) is the trade association for systems like ours.  We attended the annual conference earlier this month to help us achieve our goal of bringing a top-notch bikeshare system to Hawaii.

Inside PBSC Urban Solutions

Inside PBSC Urban Solutions

In December 2015, we (thanks to your votes) selected PBSC Urban Solutions as the provider of our bikeshare equipment.   As we move towards the launch of our system next year, we’ve been working on a variety of tasks to help ensure Hawaii gets the best bikeshare system possible for our unique community. 

As part of that process, we recently visited PBSC Urban Solutions at their offices in Montreal, Canada.  Here’s a look inside:  

Bikeshare Hawaii Receives $50,000 Donation from Hawaiian Electric Industries Foundation

Bikeshare Hawaii Receives $50,000 Donation from Hawaiian Electric Industries Foundation

Have you heard the good news? Bikeshare Hawaii recently received a $50,000 donation from Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation!

 

The $50,000 donation was a combination of a $25,000 check and two electric-powered Smart cars. The money will be used to purchase and fabricate equipment such as bike trailers that can be pulled by the two electric Smart cars, to assist in the maintenance and rebalancing of Bikeshare Hawaii’s fleet of bicycles.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Tips for Motor Vehicle Drivers

Living on an island has many advantages. Year-round sunny weather. Plenty of beautiful beaches. Access to fresh food such as seafood, fruits and vegetables. Beautiful tropical landscape. The list goes on.

Of course living on an island also has its disadvantages. For many of us on Oahu, it’s the congested roadways. How often have you found yourself sitting in traffic trying to get from point A to point B, even in short distances? We may get a reprieve during the summer months, but with July coming to an end, many of Oahu’s public school students will be returning to the classroom starting next week. This means that the roadways will be congested once again, and many drivers will have to plan ahead if they want to get to their destination on time.

With this in mind, we thought that we’d take this opportunity to share some helpful driving tips for drivers in order to keep the roads safe for everyone who uses them – motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Many of these guidelines can be found in AAA Hawaii’s Sharing the Road: A Guide to Safe Bicycling in Hawaii which has a section with many useful tips for motorists.

Thanks for Your Input!

Thanks for Your Input!

Bikeshare Hawaii wants to be the very best bikeshare system we can be.  Why bother to launch bikeshare here if it isn’t going to be embraced by the community and have a positive impact?  We continually research and analyze dozens of operating bikeshare systems around the world to learn from their successes and missteps.  Perhaps more important though are your input and ideas.  After all, Honolulu is a different animal and a cookie-cutter solution is just not the way to go. 
 
As we seek your input and ideas, we’ve also tried to have a little fun along the way.  Because while bikeshare brings a bunch of benefits, riding a bike is FUN!  Thanks for your participation in our various promotions and events so far!

Come and visit us this week!

Come and visit us this week!

Bikeshare Hawaii will be out in the community (probably at a location near you) to seek public input about our planned bikeshare station locations. We have an initial idea about where our 150 Bikeshare Hawaii stations in urban Honolulu might go, but we need you to show us where they will best serve you! So come on down, share your thoughts with us, and you'll even have a chance to win 40,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles (enough for two round-trip tickets to a Neighbor Island)!

Biking Laws 101

Biking Laws 101

Bikeshare Hawaii will bring many new bicyclists to the roads of Hawaii. That’s because bikeshare isn’t designed just for current bikers (although we love them), but rather for most everyone else, including people who don’t have a bike and who also maybe haven’t been on a bike in years.