Mode Shift

STCH is working to change how people move around in Hawaii. When we talk about alternative modes or ‘mode shift’, we are really talking about reducing overall vehicle miles traveled (VMT) across the state. By switching to less energy-intensive modes of transportation and creating efficiencies in our transportation sector, we can reduce consumption of imported petroleum, and the creation of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

To encourage mode shift, STCH supports 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.

Hawaii Bike Challenge

Bike Month is a national celebration of biking and Blue Planet Foundation is leveraging the Love to Ride platform to run a fun competition between Hawai‘i residents and workplace teams to see which can get the most staff, friends and family to ride a bike during May. 

It’s not about who can ride the most miles, but about encouraging as many people as possible to set themselves biking goals and ride for health, happiness and fun. The more comfortable people feel around biking, the more successful our future reduction in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and behavior change efforts will be.

The Hawaii Bike Challenge is for everyone from regular riders to new riders, so rally your team of 10 and register now at

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Everyone can join in – from regular riders to people who haven’t been on a bike in years (or ever!)
  • Individuals only have to ride for ten minutes to go into the draw for prizes and help their team climb the leader board (long enough to experience the joy of riding a bike and overcome some mental barriers to riding, and short enough to be an easy first step to taking-up riding).
  • Earn points by riding and encouraging others – the teams from each county that earn the most during the month-long bike challenge in May will be declared winners. 
  • Spread the love - encouragement is at the core of the Bike Month Challenge and we want people to invite their co-workers, friends and family to take part.
  • There are some amazing prizes to be won by participating and encouraging others to rediscover riding.

To learn more and register your team, go to

2020 Oahu Commute Challenge

The 2020 Oahu Commute Challenge encouraged Oahu-based commuters to ditch the car and travel to work by more sustainable modes throughout the month of February. Through special weekly challenges and daily commute points, participants were exposed to more sustainable transportation options and could win prizes along the way. In turn, through participants’ experiences we can help to identify key leverage points to improve Oahu’s mobility infrastructure and policies.

The challenge included 140 commuters from G70 Design, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Medical Services Association, Hawaii Pacific Health, Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaiian Telcom, and PBR Hawaii. Participants reduced 7,989 single-occupancy vehicle miles throughout the month, converting them to other modes, and 107 participants tried at least one new mode for the first time.

Oahu Commute Challenge 2019
Oahu Commute Challenge 2019

Alternative Modes

By shifting the modes of transportation away from single occupancy vehicles, we reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Because of this, STCH promotes mobility options, including the following, which will reduce our petroleum consumption:

Public Transportation


Car Share

Car Pool


Infrastructure Improvements

STCH supports collaborative efforts to increase walking, bicycling, and public transit infrastructure to make it easier for Hawaii residents to utilize these options.

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