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!)

Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Nice Ride typically runs from the first week of April through the first week of November. Montreal’s Bixi is only in service from April 15 to November 15. Aspen’s WE-cycle operates from May to October. In these cities, bikes and stations are removed and stored during the winter months. Then there are systems such as Washington, D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare that stays open year-round but will temporarily shut down operations when there’s heavy snowfall, freezing rain, ice or high winds for the safety of riders and staff. Boston’s Hubway removes stations in certain lines such as the on-street stations located in Boston, Brookline and Somerville between December and January, but its stations in Cambridge remain open.

Chicago's Divvy Bike. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Sun Times)

Chicago's Divvy Bike.
(Photo courtesy of the Chicago Sun Times)

So, the finances of these systems get a double-whammy.  First, is the expense of removing stations and bikes, storing them for the winter and then putting them all out again.  Second, fare revenue takes a big hit.  It either stops all together for three to five months or is reduced dramatically due to lower ridership. 

Bikeshare Hawaii won’t experience these negative winter-related expense and revenue impacts.  (Lucky we live Hawaii!) We don’t plan to remove stations, bikes or reduce operations except in a very extreme situation, such as a tsunami or hurricane.  And should this occur, we’ll figure out how to best serve you while doing our best to keep you and our staff safe.  And except for those particularly hot, humid or monsoon-like rainy days, we expect ridership to be pretty consistent throughout the year.  

A bikeshare program that is operational 365 days a year with all its stations open and ready to serve those who wish to check out a bike? It’s one advantage we have over many cities.

Next up, why our dense urban core is a natural for a successful bikeshare operation.

You Choose the Pricing Plan That’s Best for You.

Will everyone use bikeshare the same way?  Well, wouldn’t that be easy!   Only you can determine how bikeshare will best serve you. So we created a variety of affordable fare options to fit the way you may want to ride.  Here they are:

$3.50 Single Ride:  Let’s say you just want to try out the service or you don’t expect to use bikeshare much at all. Then, choosing this option each time you check out a bike may be your best bet.  You pay a flat $3.50 for each 30 minutes of use. 

$20 Free Spirit:  You use bikeshare spontaneously and want to be ready to ride whenever the opportunity is best for you.  Or, maybe you think that sometimes you’ll take a short ride and sometimes you’ll take a longer one.  Perhaps you don’t want to keep checking your watch to see if you’re going to exceed time limits. Or, you’ll be in town for a few days and want the flexibility to use bikeshare for a variety of reasons. With this option, you purchase 300 minutes of ride time to use as you wish for $20.  The clock starts each time you check out a bike and stops each time you check it in.  Minutes are deducted as you use them and the minutes you purchased never expire.  Sign up for auto-renew for bonus minutes, reload when you run low, or simply “donate” unused minutes to us when you leave town.

$15 Monthly:  For those of you who plan to use bikeshare frequently and regularly and know you can keep each ride to less than 30 minutes, this plan is for you.  One month of unlimited 30-minute rides will cost you $15.  Sign up for just a month, or sign up to renew each month.  Cancel at any time.

$25 Monthly:  Maybe you’re not sure you can keep your rides under 30 minutes.  This plan is just like the other monthly option, but gives you unlimited 60-minute rides.  If you start with this plan and then find out your rides are consistently under 30 minutes, you can switch to the $15 plan at the end of the month.

Overtime Charges:  We want to keep it simple.  If you exceed time limits on any of the fare options, you’ll be charged $3.50 for each 30 minutes of overtime use.

We’ll share more info on how and where to purchase next time.  Lots of options there too!

 

Bikeshare Hawaii at the Legislature

Bikeshare Hawaii attended opening day at the Hawaii State Legislature on January 18. We had the pleasure of meeting with members of both the House and Senate, some of whom took a spin on a bikeshare bike! We look forward to working with Hawaii's legislative leaders as we gear up for our launch later this year.

Senator Breene Harimoto of District 16 (longtime supporter of alternative transportation and bikeshare) with Bikeshare Hawaii's Ben Trevino and Justine Espiritu.

Senator Breene Harimoto of District 16 (longtime supporter of alternative transportation and bikeshare) with Bikeshare Hawaii's Ben Trevino and Justine Espiritu.

Senator Karl Rhoads of District 13 takes the bike for a spin down the hallways of the second floor

Senator Karl Rhoads of District 13 takes the bike for a spin down the hallways of the second floor


BIKESHARE HAWAII IN THE NEWS
Click the links below for recent news coverage of Bikeshare Hawaii:

 

January 2017
Hawaii Business Magazine
Pedal Power

 

BIKESHARE HAWAII IN THE COMMUNITY

We had a great time sharing information about our program with members of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset on January 9.

We had a great time sharing information about our program with members of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset on January 9.

Thanks to Move Oahu Forward for including us in their booth at the Sony Open earlier this month.  Rail and bikeshare go very well together!

Thanks to Move Oahu Forward for including us in their booth at the Sony Open earlier this month.  Rail and bikeshare go very well together!

If your organization would like to learn more about Bikeshare Hawaii, please contact us at info@bikesharehawaii.org. We would be happy to pay you a visit to share how you and your employees can benefit from bikeshare, an exciting, new and clean alternative mode of transportation, once we launch in 2017!