Our Year in Review

Did 2016 rush by fast, or what?  We’ve had a busy year as we gear up to launch in 2017.  We didn’t really realize HOW busy until we turned around and took a quick look back.  Here are some highlights:

January: 

We started the year visiting the Hawaii State Legislature.  As a public-private partnership, it’s critical that we inform, educate and request support from our representatives. Here, Representative Ohno, House District 27, takes a spin on a sample bikeshare bike.

February: 

The media helped us invite the public to name our bikeshare system.  Stay tuned! We’ll be announcing our new name in the coming months.

March:

ThinkTech Hawaii invited us to their studio to share what bikeshare would bring to the community.  Here, Anukriti Sud Hittle interviews Bikeshare Hawaii CEO Lori McCarney.

April:

Who would win a race up Tantalus?  An elite runner or a strong biker on a bikeshare bike?  It was a tight race with Sau Hsu finishing in 34 minutes and Lectie Altman running across the finish line in 37 minutes. A big mahalo to Sau and Lectie for taking part in this fun, non-official race!

For more on the dual, check out KHON2’s preview and post-race story!

May:

Patagonia Haleiwa selected Bikeshare Hawaii as their recipient of Bike to Work Week fundraising activities.  Visit our Facebook page for a gallery of photos.

Many thanks to Patagonia Haleiwa, an organization that actively supports and promotes a sustainable future.

June:

President Ben Trevino was celebrated as a member of Pacific Business News’ 2016 40 under 40 cohort.  We’re very proud of Ben for this well-deserved recognition.

July: 

We held pop-up events in Waikiki, Downtown and in Kaka’ako to gain input on bikeshare station locations and to tell the story of bikeshare. We were delighted by the turnout and support we received at all four events.

August:

Kailua-Kona announced the launch of their 3-station, 32-bike bikeshare system—Bikeshare Kona Hawaii Island.  They also selected PBSC as their equipment provider so we can work together in the future.

September:

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We are extremely thankful for the significant donations from Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation and the Howard Hughes Corporation’s Ward Village Foundation we received in September. 

To learn more about the donations, go to our Media page.

October:

We visited PBSC, our equipment vendor in Montreal, Canada, where we tested out their new smaller and lighter FIT bike.  We’ll be the first in the country to have a fleet of FITs.

November:

The North America BikeShare Association’s (NABSA) annual conference was held in Austin, Texas and we were there.  The knowledge we gained from other bikeshare systems will help us be as good as we can be.

December:

Why name a star when you can Adopt-a-Bike?  Imagine a bike carrying your personal message as you support our non-profit, community-enhancing mission?

It was indeed a busy year as we continue to gear up.  2017 will be an even busier year—if all goes to plan, it will be the year we launch!  We’d like to express our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support, engagement and ideas. 

Our best wishes to you for a very Happy Holiday season!