Transportation costs, commute times and poor air qualities have been on the rise. Cities worldwide, including Honolulu, have been shifting to more sustainable alternative modes of transportation to the private car. Bikeshare Hawaii is a community-based nonprofit located in Honolulu that is working to reduce the use of fossil-fuel transportation and reduce vehicle miles traveled per capita (the amount each of us drives our cars). Bikeshare Hawaii does this work by operating one of our newest transportation options, the Biki bikeshare system. Launched on June 28, 2017 to great success, Biki offers over 1000 bikes and 100 docking stations from Chinatown to Kapiolani Park.
Bikeshare provides residents the opportunity to benefit from using a bike without the hassle of owning one. Bikeshare provides an alternative to transportation by car, which address the economic, health and environmental challenges in communities. Bikeshare programs reduce congestion, which can cut down on everyone’s commute time. They also provide a more affordable means of travel by reducing or eliminating parking, gas, and other personal car expenses. This leads to environmental benefits, including decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels. Bikeshares also lead to health benefits. It tackles health issues by providing a shift from sedentary lifestyles.
The Biki system is primarily used by Honolulu residents, with two-thirds of its rides coming from this demographic. About 74 percent of its members use these bikes for recreation, 70 percent for personal appointments, 58 percent to shop and 50 percent to work. As a local initiative, Biki’s mission is to provide convenient, reliable and affordable bikeshare services. In doing so, the organization strives to enhance community health and livability and contribute to a new
network of transportation alternatives that help people live a healthier, less car dependent lives. By using Biki 50 percent drove and carpooled less, 58 percent saved an average of 75 dollars per month and 52 percent exercised more.
Biki has been committed to local residents through its vision of creating new jobs and stimulating business at the street level. They recently reached their millionth ride in mid-August, and are working on an expansion project to serve other areas including the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Iwilei, Makiki and Diamond Head. They even offer an opportunity to request a station in your neighborhood.
To learn more about riding Biki, their membership rates, or about their many community initiatives including social rides, bike workshops, and educational and promotional initiatives, you can visit https://gobiki.org/.