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.
The conference was held in Austin, Texas, at St. David’s Episcopal Church. It was definitely a unique location, but as you can see by this piece of art, the church is very bike friendly.
NABSA’s annual conferences are always held in bikeshare cities. Austin B-cycle was our host this year. They enjoy strong resident and visitor use largely because they place their stations in high-visibility areas. They’ve also learned how to support very large events like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. Their learnings confirmed our station placement strategy and we gained insight into meeting major demand surges.
We didn’t just learn from each other, we also took the opportunity to generate new ideas about how bikeshare can serve communities. How do we make bikeshare more accessible to everyone, no matter their gender, age or income level? What other functions might our stations provide?
We had another opportunity to test ride PBSC’s FIT bike. Here’s our President and COO, Ben Trevino, taking one for a spin. We’re excited and proud to be the first bikeshare system to launch this lighter, smaller and more responsive bike to best serve our residents and visitors.
Nice Ride in Minnesota led the nation by becoming one of the first two non-profit bikeshare operators in the country. As a non-profit ourselves, we pay a lot of attention to them and hope to create a bikeshare system that is loved as much as theirs is. One of their customers is even getting their keiki ready to bikeshare when he reaches age 16!
Bikeshare Hawaii Receives $50,000 Grant from Ward Village Foundation
Last month Bikeshare Hawaii was one of several nonprofit organizations to receive grant money from the Howard Hughes Corporation’s charitable division, Ward Village Foundation. The grant money will help support the initial launch of our program next year which includes stations planned for the Ward Village area.
We are extremely grateful for Ward Village Foundation’s support and generous donation. We are proud to be part of this future urban master-planned community. Bikeshare Hawaii will make discovering the new stores and restaurants at Ward Village a simple and fun experience. In addition, all the people who live and work in the Ward Village area will have a convenient and affordable way to get around town. A win-win for everyone!
For more information on Ward Village Foundation’s donation to Bikeshare Hawaii, head to the Media section of our website to view and read the news coverage as well as the press release.
Group photo of local nonprofit organizations that recently received grant money from the Howard Hughes Corporations' Ward Village Foundation:
Bottom Row from Right - Left:
Todd Apo (Howard Hughes Corporation), Rebecca Dunning (Honolulu Theater for Youth), Ryan Kusumoto (Parents & Children Together), Nani Medeiros (HomeAid Hawaii), Nicole Forrester (Pacific Resources for Education and Learning), Ben Trevino (Bikeshare Hawaii), David Striph (Howard Hughes Corporation), Keola Nakanishi (Mana Maoli)
Top Row from Right - Left:
Niki Shishido (Pacific Asian Affairs Council), Nick Vanderboom (Howard Hughes Corporation), Dean & Michele Wilhelm (Hoʻokuaʻaina), Jonathan K. Kukea-Shultz (Kakoʻo ʻŌiwi), Quinn Vittum (Re-Use Hawaii)
Adopt-a-Bike on Giving Tuesday
It’s the holiday season, and by now we are all familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But, have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S., Giving Tuesday is a global movement that kicks off the charitable season and celebrates generosity worldwide.
Consider Bikeshare Hawaii’s Adopt-a-Bike program as your charitable donation this Giving Tuesday.
When you adopt a bike, you can tell a story about why bikeshare is important to you. You can chose a name, dedication, a favorite quote, or whatever message you wish, to go on your bike.
By adopting a bike, you are helping us add to our fleet. You’ll also have the ability to track the bike and see neat information such as how many miles it has logged, how many calories it has burned, how many car trips it has replaced, and how many riders it has logged. How cool is that?
Oh and did we mention that your donation is tax-deductible? Once your donation is submitted, you will instantly receive a tax receipt and a personalized Certificate of Adoption to save, print or share with others. If you are one of the first 100 to Adopt-a-Bike, you and your bike will receive special distinction as Early Adopters! All who ride your bike will know that you stepped up early to help move Hawaii forward.
For more information, or to adopt a bike, click here. It only takes a minute! Thanks for your ongoing support of Bikeshare Hawaii!