Mode Shift

STCH is working to change how people get around in Hawaii. When we talk about alternative modes or ‘mode shift’, we are really talking about reducing the number of trips people take in individual cars, also known as the ‘vehicle miles traveled’ (VMT). By switching to less energy-intensive modes of transportation, we can collectively reduce our negative transportation impacts including imported petroleum consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution.

We encourage mode shift by supporting infrastructure, policies, and land-use patterns that will help create a system in which it is easier to get out of your car and travel in other less impactful ways.

Oahu Commute Challenge

STCH is part of a local hui of organizations working to launch the inaugural Oahu Commute Challenge. The Challenge will be a pilot program for 5-7 Oahu-based companies and their employees to be held in February 2020. The challenge is intended to raise awareness of different commuting options and their environmental, economic, social, and health impacts and to incentivize participants to try alternative transportation modes.

The Challenge will be free to join and will provide a variety of discounts and incentives for employees of participating organizations. Participating organizations will be provided with a startup toolkit and individualized support to promote the challenge and ensure active participation. If you think your workplace should join the Oahu Commute Challenge, please contact Lauren at for more information.

Alternative Modes

By shifting the modes of transportation, we are reducing air pollution associated with vehicle use and promoting the following modes of transportation which will reduce our petroleum consumption:

Public Transportation


Car Share

Car Pool


VMT Reduction

STCH works to establish Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Reduction Programs as a means to encourage alternative modes of transportation.

Complete Streets

Lei of Parks

Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH)

South Shore Bike Path

The Lei of Parks (or South Shore Bike Path) is a decades-long community vision of interconnected walking and biking paths along Oahu’s south shore, ultimately connecting Diamond Head to West Oahu, enhancing public access to our shorelines and parks, creating non-carbon emitting transportation alternatives, and providing opportunities for people to recreate, exercise, and reconnect with land/water and each other.  Some parts of the Lei of Parks exist (e.g., Honolulu Zoo to Ala Wai Golf Course, Pearl Harbor Historic Trail). Other parts are planned – e.g, the Leeward Bike Path Phases I and II. Over 500,000 people on Oahu live within 2 miles of the Lei of Parks, which could provide a scenic “last mile” transportation option that complements mass transit.

STCH, through Blue Planet Foundation, works with a group of non-profit community organizations and landowners including The Trust for Public Land, Bikeshare Hawaii, the Hawaii Bicycling League, the Department of Health, and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program to bring the South Shore Bike path, a connected path from Diamond Head to Keana Point State Park.

The information gleaned from commute mode share data can inform decisions about Complete Streets policies and infrastructure investments for street connectivity, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks. Commit mode share can be a useful way for transportation decision makers to measure the success of such investments or policies over time. Changes in commute mode choice, for example, have occurred in areas where bicycling facilities have been added, suggesting that changes to the built environment might lead to changes in travel behavior.

—US Department of Transportation, 2016