Bike share is finally coming to Honolulu. Last week the nonprofit Bikeshare Hawaii officially introduced ‘Biki’ as Honolulu’s new bikeshare program. This summer expect 1000 bikes and 100 ‘Biki Stops’ to be implemented across town from Diamond Head to Chinatown. Bikeshare Hawaii partnered with PBSC Urban Solutions, who has the largest bikeshare fleet in the world, outside of China, to make Honolulu the first city with their newest generation of bikeshare bikes.
You might not consider Honolulu to be the most bicycle-friendly city, however there are efforts being made to make it more so. At the City & County of Honolulu Dept. of Transportation Services’ Community Symposium and Complete Streets Expo last week, the Mayor reiterated his commitment to making Honolulu more bicycle-friendly. He reminded the attendees, one of the unique things about living in Hawaii is our opportunity to connect with nature. When you are in a metal box during your commute, you are disconnected. But when you are riding, you can feel the sun, smell the breeze, and interact with your environment. Biki will help bring the critical mass of cyclists needed to our streets, and with them, the demand for better lanes and paths. Providing various price points, Biki provides a flexible entry for riders of all types. Whether you’re local or malihini, you’ll have the option to easily rent a bike to commute to work, run a quick errand, or just jaunt about town with friends. Transit is an ecosystem and having another viable mode of travel can only contribute to a healthy and diverse transportation network.
From Boston’s Hubway Bikes to New York City’s Citibike and the Bay Area Bike Share, bike share has gained momentum across the county. Surprisingly, Honolulu is one of the last major cities in the United States to get their own bike share program. Bike share programs literally change the urban framework of the city they are incorporated. This is one of the prime reasons we’re excited for Biki to come to town. The bikes themselves become ubiquitous to the city. And the ‘biki stops’ become opportunities for design and landscape architecture. When speaking to a Bikeshare Hawaii representative, we casually bounced around ideas surrounding the biki stops regarding social interaction, community engagement, and economic development. Maybe we’ll see a Ki x Biki collaboration someday? Stay tuned and keep up to date with Biki at http://www.bikesharehawaii.org/.
Enjoy the ride, Honolulu.