March came in like a Lion, and left as a Biki

March was a very exciting month for Bikeshare Hawaii.  Many things are moving quickly towards our launch this summer.
 
Agreement Signed with Secure Bike Share
A bikeshare system has higher equipment and technology costs than you might imagine.  For example, stations must be able to lock bikes, accept secure payments and more.  The bikes must be sturdy, made for riders in most situations and be vandal-resistant.  We were very happy to find a strong financial and operating partner who believes in Honolulu and the success of bikeshare here.  More information about our agreement with Secure Bike Share can be found here.

From L to R: Luc Sabbatini, CEO of PBSC Urban Solutions; Greg Gaug, Vice President of Ulupono Initiative and Bikeshare Hawaii Board Chair; Lori McCarney, CEO of Bikeshare Hawaii; and Kelvin Tjia, CEO of Secure Bike Share, sign the agreement.

From L to R: Luc Sabbatini, CEO of PBSC Urban Solutions; Greg Gaug, Vice President of Ulupono Initiative and Bikeshare Hawaii Board Chair; Lori McCarney, CEO of Bikeshare Hawaii; and Kelvin Tjia, CEO of Secure Bike Share, sign the agreement.

Our New Bike
This month we also introduced our bike!  We'll be the first city in the world to have a fleet comprised of this new generation of bikes from PBSC Urban Solutions.  The Biki bike is designed to be especially easy to handle for women and those who are a bit on the smaller side.  Of course, we made sure that it would be a great ride for taller folks too. We think you'll enjoy taking a Biki bike for a spin!

The Biki bike is equipped with 3-speeds, adjustable seat heights, a step-through frame for easy access, front and back lights and reflectors to increase visibility, specially designed wheel covers and chain guards to keep your clothes clean, and a basket with bungee to carry personal items of different shapes and sizes. It's sturdy and dependable, and locks securely into any Biki stop.

The Biki bike is equipped with 3-speeds, adjustable seat heights, a step-through frame for easy access, front and back lights and reflectors to increase visibility, specially designed wheel covers and chain guards to keep your clothes clean, and a basket with bungee to carry personal items of different shapes and sizes. It's sturdy and dependable, and locks securely into any Biki stop.

Biki
Biki is more than a brand name. It also has a brand design and a tone of voice that communicates the kind of service we will deliver.  Fun, approachable, straight-forward and connected to Hawaii.

We captured the azure color of the ocean in its most beautiful state.  And then we added a bright yellow to connote the sun.  Combining those colors with a lower case presentation of Biki are meant to be cheerful and welcoming.

We captured the azure color of the ocean in its most beautiful state.  And then we added a bright yellow to connote the sun.  Combining those colors with a lower case presentation of Biki are meant to be cheerful and welcoming.

When you become a member by signing up on our website (coming soon) we'll send you a Biki Pass.  Then, when you visit a Biki Stop, you'll use this to get your bike at a docking point instead of using the kiosk.  You'll be on your way in seconds!

When you become a member by signing up on our website (coming soon) we'll send you a Biki Pass.  Then, when you visit a Biki Stop, you'll use this to get your bike at a docking point instead of using the kiosk.  You'll be on your way in seconds!

Third of a Five-Part Series: Why Honolulu Can Support a Successful Bikeshare System
#3: Flat Terrain

Did you ever think about how flat urban Honolulu is?  Especially compared to cities like San Francisco and Seattle?  Flat terrain is of course easier to navigate under your own power on a bike than hilly terrain.Therefore, more people will be likely to consider a bike for a short, easy trip. Our initial phase between Chinatown and Diamond Head, makai of H1, doesn’t have many ups and downs.  So our lightweight, 3-speed Biki bikes will get you where you want to go, no sweat. 

Ride at an easy pace for 5-15 minutes and you won’t need a shower.  It’s actually cooler than walking because of the slight breeze you create.

Ride at an easy pace for 5-15 minutes and you won’t need a shower.  It’s actually cooler than walking because of the slight breeze you create.

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

March 24, 2017
Hawaii News Now
Bikesharing is coming to Honolulu

March 15, 2017
KHON
New bikeshare program to be featured at City's Complete Streets Expo

March 11, 2017
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Bikeshare can be commuting bargain

March 4, 2017
KITV
Bikeshare Hawaii providing bicycles to Honolulu

March 3, 2017
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Bikeshare system set to roll out this summer

March 2, 2017
Pacific Business News
Bikeshare Hawaii names Secure Bike Share financing and operating partner

March 1, 2017
KHON
Bikeshare Hawaii works with Secure Bike Share to provide bicycles
 

BIKESHARE HAWAII IN THE COMMUNITY

Bikeshare Hawaii is coming to a community near you. We have been busy scheduling public events and neighborhood board meetings so that we can share information about our program and upcoming launch this summer. We will be sending out a separate announcement about the April events soon. In the meantime, join us at this upcoming event below:

April 6
Hawaii Public Health Association Celebrates National Public Health Week
5 to 7 p.m.
UH Cancer Center's Sullivan Conference Center
701 Ilalo Street, Kakaako

Thanks to all who came to the City and County of Honolulu's Complete Streets Symposium on March 15. Here are Representative Chris Lee of House District 51 and Barbara Stanton, AARP Hawaii State Director, checking out our new Biki bike!

Thanks to all who came to the City and County of Honolulu's Complete Streets Symposium on March 15. Here are Representative Chris Lee of House District 51 and Barbara Stanton, AARP Hawaii State Director, checking out our new Biki bike!

We enjoyed connecting with everyone who stopped by our booth at Walk on the Wild Side on March 11. Thanks to the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii for inviting us!

We enjoyed connecting with everyone who stopped by our booth at Walk on the Wild Side on March 11. Thanks to the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii for inviting us!

WANT MORE INFO OR TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH BIKESHARE HAWAII?

We're looking for volunteers for a variety of different programs. We'll be having a meeting to get organized, so contact us to get dialed in. Please email michaelhodge@schatzcollaborative.com 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 info@bikesharehawaii.org to schedule a presentation.