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.

How does density help a bikeshare system?  Assuming we have plenty of stations conveniently located (which we will!), people have a whole lot of places they might begin and end a short bike trip.  Here are just a few examples of bikeshare trips that are an easy, breezy (and non-sweaty) ride of 15 minutes or less.

  • Your workplace downtown to a new restaurant in Kaka’ako.
  • Your home in Kaka’ako to a job at Ala Moana.
  • An event at the Blaisdell to a bar in Chinatown.
  • A shopping trip from your mom’s house in Moilili to Waikiki.
  • A visit to your doctor on King Street from your downtown office.
  • Checking out farmer’s markets with friends staying in Waikiki.

Where might you go if you could get there more easily than you can today?
The density we have in urban Honolulu means you are more likely to find bikeshare an attractive option to going by car.  You avoid traffic, looking and maybe paying for parking, and even the hassle of using your own bike. 
And many people using bikeshare is a key characteristic of a successful system. 

Photo courtesy of Tours by Locals

In our last issue we shared our pricing plans with you.  They were designed to give you affordable options for the way you want to ride—single trip, spontaneously, or consistently.

Here’s how and where you will sign up.
Kiosk:  Our 100 bikeshare stations will all have a kiosk where you can walk up, use your credit card and be riding away in minutes.  
Website:  On our website, you will be able to set up an account, select your pricing plan and pay by credit card.  If you sign up here, we will mail you a membership card within a couple of days.  Then, you’ll be able to avoid the kiosk and go straight to the bike you want to check out, insert your card into the bike dock, and be on your way.  You’ll also be able to access your account to review your usage, change plans and more.
Other:  We’re working on other options too, such as a convenient phone app, but they may come a bit after we’re up and running.  Where and how would you like to sign up?  We’d love to hear from you. 

Click the links below for recent news coverage of Bikeshare Hawaii:

January 25, 2017
Crews install new bike lane on McCully St.

January 26, 2017
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Bike lanes laid out on McCully Street


Bikeshare Hawaii is coming to a community near you. To learn more about Bikeshare Hawaii, join us at one of our upcoming events below.

March 11
Walk on the Wild Side
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 15
City & County of Honolulu Dept. of Transportation Services' Community Symposium and Complete Streets Expo
5 to 8 p.m.
Laniakea YWCA

We were delighted to be a part of UH Manoa's Bike UHM event on February 8.

We were delighted to be a part of UH Manoa's Bike UHM event on February 8.


If you wish to volunteer to help launch Bikeshare Hawaii, we’ll be having a meeting to get organized so please contact us to get dialed in. Please email to find out how you can get involved.

If you or your organization are interested in learning more about Bikeshare Hawaii and the latest about our launch this summer, please email us at to schedule a presentation.


Want to support Bikeshare Hawaii and our vision of a more connected Hawaii? Consider Adopting a bike! Our early adopter program lets you personalize a bike and track it's progress in exchange for a donation that will help us meet our capital needs for the system.