With the end of 2018 right around the corner, we're excited to look back at some of our favorite moments from the year and give you a glimpse as to what might be coming up next! We hope 2019 is filled with health, happiness and, of course, lots of Biki rides. Mele kalikimaka and happy holidays from the Biki Crew to you! 

We’re excited to announce Biki Buys, our upcoming promotional partnership with retail establishments across urban Honolulu! This promotion will take place during the month of November and will include a maximum of 20 retail establishments located within close proximity of a Biki Stop.

 

Similar to Biki Bites, Biki riders will be able to redeem exclusive deals at the participating establishments simply by showing their Biki pass, same day Biki receipt, or proof of their active account on the Biki Mobile App! Our first promo was catered towards food and drink businesses, so we’re excited to work with retail establishments to bring our riders shopping deals in time for the holiday season.

 

To apply, businesses must meet the following criteria: 

 

 

 

To apply, please fill out our brief Biki Buys Application and email to kelsey@bikesharehawaii.org, or print and mail to Bikeshare Hawaii at 914 Ala Moana Blvd Floor 2, Honolulu, HI 96814.

 

Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 13 at midnight. Selected businesses will be notified by 10/18. 

 


 

Why participate in Biki Buys? 

This no-cost opportunity allows you to expand your reach and gain new customers. Your businesses location(s) and offer will be displayed on our website and map on the Biki Mobile App. Biki will also market the promotion in press releases, social media, and through customer competitions. Additionally, your participation will demonstrate your support of alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles and sustainability, and will provide an opportunity to collaborate and engage with a network of local businesses.

Check out the Biki Buys Application for more reasons to apply, and for real world evidence that demonstrates the economic benefits of bikeshare on local businesses.


 

PDF Version of Biki Buys Application.

 

 

 

Biki App

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The Biki App

The Biki App, available on both iPhone and Android mobile devices, is designed to help you maximize the use of Honolulu’s Bikeshare System, Biki. Here are some of the top features:

 

     

iOS version 12.1+ and Android version 4.1+ are required to install the Biki App and the latest updates. 

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1. Login to your Account to view our system map. Each dot represents a Biki Stop.

2. Click on any dot to see the Biki Stop name, number and the real time availability of open docks and bikes. 

3. When you are by a Biki Stop and ready to ride, press the yellow unlock button on the bottom right side of the screen. 

4. Click "Get release code" to generate a 5-digit code that can be used to unlock any bike at that particular Biki Stop. Codes are valid for 5-minutes and can check out one bike. 

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5. Go to a bike a find the 3-number key panel on the left side of the dock. 

6. Type in your unique code, wait for the yellow light to turn green and remove the bike. Your ride has now begun! 

Get the app

Transit App for iPhone or Android is the perfect companion when you need to get somewhere. Using the Transit app also makes using Bike Share Toronto even easier!

  • Find stations and bikes

    A green bike pin shows the location of stations on the map. The availability of bikes is represented by the fullness of each green bike pin. You will see a green card in the transit feed below the map if there is a station nearby.

  • Plan a route

    Find your destination on the map, tap “Directions to Here” and select “Bike Share Toronto” to see the route.

  • Purchase a pass

    Tap on the station or the Bike Share Toronto card in the transit feed below the map. Tap “Purchase Pass” and get a ride code. Day Passes or 3-Day Passes are available for purchase without using the station kiosk.

  • Get RideCodes

    Members can use the Transit App to get ride codes. Tap on a station or the Bike Share Toronto card in the transit feed below the map, sign in with your username and password, and select “Get Ride Code.”

  • Get RideCodes

    Members can use the Transit App to get ride codes. Tap on a station or the Bike Share Toronto card in the transit feed below the map, sign in with your username and password, and select “Get Ride Code.”

  • Download it now

    Get Transit App today and start experiencing Toronto in a whole new way!

  • Download it now

    Get Transit App today and start experiencing Toronto in a whole new way!

Update: City Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 4th.  Over 300 people submitted testimony AGAINST Resolution 19-204, while 10 individuals submitted testimony in support of charging Biki for City space. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support and heartwarming stories shared by our riders and the community  - thank you so much! You can read the early and late testimony online. 

 

Despite the testimony, Council members passed the resolution 5 votes to 3 (1 absent) and Resolution 19-204 was adopted. The Department of Transportation Services is now responsible for deciding what this lease agreement will look like and implementing any rental fees. We will provide an update when we have more information. 

Resolution 19-204

A resolution has recently been proposed by a Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi of Council District 2 that, if passed, would negatively impact the future of Biki. We need your help! Please consider submitting testimony in opposition of Resolution 19-204

LEASE OR AGREEMENT WITH BIKESHARE HAWAII. Urging the City Administration to enter into a lease, subject to Council approval by resolution, or other lawful agreement with Bikeshare Hawaii requiring the nonprofit to pay the City reasonable compensation per square foot for use of City property for docking stations and other bikeshare equipment used in the Biki Bikeshare Program.

Potential Impact

If the City seeks a rent or permit fee for Biki’s use of public land, as proposed in Resolution 19-204, Bikeshare Hawaii may be forced to remove many of the Biki Stops on City property. We would work with private landowners to relocate some of the Biki Stops to private property, but this is a lengthy process and would likely result in smaller and more distant sites, making the Biki network less connected and less convenient. 

 

Currently, only 16 of our 136 Biki Stops are located on private property. Examples of these sites include HMSA, Whole Foods, Hale Mahana, Pacific Park Plaza, Prince Waikiki, and Queen Kapiolani Hotel. Bikeshare Hawaii currently does not, and can not, pay any landowner (public and private) for placing Biki Stops on their land.

 

This would result in both fewer Biki Stops and the relocation of some of the Biki Stops most-heavily used by residents. For example, Biki Stop #120 (on the wide sidewalk in front of HiSAM) serves many downtown employees who depend on Biki daily to commute to work. In fact, just last week it served as the starting or ending station for 879 Biki rides.

City Property

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Bikeshare Hawaii relies on grants and donations and could not afford to pay a rent or permit fee for Biki Stops on City property. Examples of Biki Stops on City property that may be removed if Resolution 19-204 passes: 

If Bikeshare Hawaii isn't paying the City rent, what has the City received in a return on their investment?

Bikeshare Hawaii is a 501(c)3 organization created in partnership with multiple City and State agencies as a low-cost strategy to help resolve issues important to Hawaii and Honolulu today: cost of living, traffic congestion, carbon emissions, and public health issues among others. Rather than have the City Transportation Department plan, develop, and take the financial risk to launch and manage a bikeshare system (like other large cities have done), the City and State agreed to invest $1M each in startup funds for the future non-profit organization. This unique organizational structure was determined by the 2014 Bikeshare Feasibility Study.

 

Bikeshare Hawaii would be responsible for raising all additional funds, through public and private grants and donations, to launch and manage the system long-term. The City offers public stations on its property so that Biki can afford to be the convenient network of stations that is required to provide an effective and reliable docked bikeshare service. 

 

Most major cities either directly operate or subsidize bikeshare operation contracts. Our City directly pays nothing ($0) annually into the on-going operations of the Biki system. Instead of such direct payments to sustain daily operations, all Biki fare revenue collected goes to our operating partner, Secure Bike Share Hawaii, to pay off the large initial equipment loan ($5M plus interest) and maintain Honolulu’s 24/7 bikeshare service.

HOW DOES BIKI COMPARE TO BIKESHARE IN OTHER CITIES?

Traditional Model

  • Using tax payer dollars, the City buys the bikeshare equipment.
  • Also using tax payer dollars, the City hires a for-profit operator to run the system for them.
  • Similar to TheBus.
  • Cost to the City: All equipment, all ongoing operating costs, any lost parking revenue.

Honolulu Model

  • The City helps start up a non-profit to set up the system and manage an operator.
  • The non-profit plans to sustain itself through grants and donations.
  • The for-profit operator receives fare revenue to help offset operations and equipment financing costs.
  • Cost to the City: Initial startup funds and lost parking revenue.

If Bikeshare Hawaii isn't paying the City rent, what has the City received in a return on their investment?

  • Environmental benefits: enabling more than 2.4 MILLION trips, reducing congestion and air and noise pollution.
    • 50% of Biki members reported driving less often since joining Biki. (2018 Survey)
  • Health benefits: providing an option that helps our community stay active.
    • 55% of Biki members reported exercising more often, 27% reported losing weight since joining Biki (2018 Survey)
  • Economic benefits: stimulating the local economy by bringing people to the street level and increasing access to businesses with limited parking or visibility. 
    • 63% of members reported using Biki to dine, 58% to shop, 55% reported visiting a new business since joining (2018 Survey)
  • Additional Community benefits: making streets safer, providing an opportunity for recreation, fostering face to face interactions. With recent grants and program initiatives, Biki has sought to expand use by seniors and youth, keeping our aging community active and healthy, and imbedding healthy and environmentally conscious habits into our community’s youth.

Bikeshare is a form of public transportation that enables one or two-way trips, similar to TheBus but on a smaller neighborhood scale by bike. TheBus does not pay for curb space for its stops, and is heavily subsidized by the City as a policy. TheBus is also an important community service provided by our City and should not be required to pay. Many cities, including Honolulu, choose to provide free parking for other green mobility modes, like electric vehicles. 

To date, 2.4 MILLION Biki rides have been taken.
To date, 2.4 MILLION Biki rides have been taken.

Bikeshare Hawaii is a non-profit with the charitable purpose to promoting health through bicycle use and providing community access to bicycle transportation. BSH has remained true to this mission, at times to the detriment of its revenues. As an example, BSH has devoted significant assets to placing stations in areas that serve Honolulu’s working-class families. These stations do not generate the same revenues as stations in Waikiki, but they serve our community. We believe it is appropriate to evaluate BSH with these community goals in mind, remembering that this mission is not necessarily shared by all participants in the shared mobility vehicle space.

Copy of OPPOSE RESOLUTION 19-204

The consequences of this resolution are severe and every individual voice makes a difference. Please consider submitting testimony in opposition of Resolution 19-204 by telling City Council that requiring Bikeshare Hawaii to pay a rent or permit fee on City property will negatively impact access to and availability of Biki.  

 

Be specific in how this will impact your daily commute and mobility options. Let them know what neighborhoods you live, work and visit and how a dense, reliable bikeshare system has made your life easier or more affordable.  PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL! 

 

Submit Testimony Online: http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 @ 4pm

Council/PH Committee: Council/Public Hearing

Agenda Item: Resolution 19-204

Your position on the matter: Oppose! Speaking from experience is best. 

Need an example? Here is a clear and concise example submitted as a letter to the editor in today's paper. 

 

Testify in-person

You can register to speak online: http://www.honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html

Meeting Time: September 4, 2019 @ 10:00AM

Location: Honolulu Hale, 530 S King Street, Room 303

 

Please note: City Council meetings can take several hours and Resolution 19-204 is one of the last items on the Meeting Agenda. The Council also recesses from 12:30 - 1:30pm. If you wish to receive a text during the meeting with an update on the expected time, please email your mobile number to info@bikesharehawaii.org. 

We are so grateful for your support on this matter. We learned about the power of individual voices when Bill 82 CD1 attempted to prohibit all Biki Stops in Chinatown. There was overwhelming support from our members and the community against the Bill, with over 100 individuals submitting opposing testimony. Thank you for your help in maintaining the accessessibility, availability and future expansion of bikeshare.

PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING BIKESHARE HAWAII

ONE-WAY

One-Way

$4.00/bike for one trip up to 30 minutes

Looking for a healthy and fun way to get around during your stay in Honolulu? Simply find your most convenient Biki Stop and buy a One-Way ride at the kiosk.  Your Biki trip will probably be cheaper than taking a taxi or a shared ride (and more fun too).  

 

If you think you'll ride Biki more than once during your stay, consider getting the Multi-Stop Plan

Please note: $50 security hold per bike will apply to each kiosk purchase. The hold should be released within 3-5 business days following the successful return of your bike. 

Photo Credit: Shaka Guide
Photo Credit: Shaka Guide

EXTRA TIME

Each time you ride longer than 30 minutes, you will get an Extra Time charge of $4.50 per bike for every 30 minutes, or fraction of 30 minutes, that is over. For example, ride for 45 minutes you’ll see an additional charge of $4.50 per bike for that ride.  Ride for 67 minutes and an additional charge of $9.00 per bike will be added for that trip. 

FREE SPIRIT PLAN

Free Spirit Plan

$20 for a pre-paid bank of 300 minutes (that’s 5 hours, folks) that you can use for rides of any duration, over multiple rides. Your minutes won't expire for one year, so it's the best option if you want to use Biki for the occasional ride. When you take out a bike from a Biki Stop, the clock starts.  When you dock it back into a Biki Stop, the clock stops.  You can check your remaining balance by logging into your account on the Biki App or GoBiki.org.

 

As a Biki member you will also be able to unlock bikes to ride using the Biki Mobile App, or with your complimentary Biki Pass, which will be mailed to your Oahu residential address within 3-5 business days after signing up. 

 

If you are someone who might use Biki just once in a while and want the most flexibility in ride time, the Free Spirit Plan is the option for you. Or, check out the Commuter and Voyager monthly plan options to see if they’re a better fit.

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EXTRA TIME

You should not incur Extra Time charges on this plan unless you ride over your 300 minutes without reloading.  If that happens, you will automatically revert to the Extra Time rate of $4.50 per each 30 minutes of ride time (or fraction of 30 minutes) until you reload or dock your bike.  Sign up for Auto-Reload to avoid Extra Time charges! 

Auto-Reload Bonus!

Sign up for auto-reload, and when you have no minutes remaining, we’ll refill your 300-minute bank AND add an additional 30 minutes of bonus time. It’s a good way to make your Free Spirit Plan an even better value while never worrying about Extra Time charges.

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Visitor Passes

Use Biki to get around during your stay in Honolulu!

Effective as of 8.20.2019

One-Way - $4.00

For a quick ride around town, up to 30 minutes. Pick up a Biki from one Biki Stop and return to any other. 

 

Unlocks up to 4 bikes at a time with one credit or debit card. 

 

Purchase at any Biki Stop kiosk or the Biki Mobile App

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Multi-Stop - $25

For a pre-paid bank of 300 minutes to use over multiple trips.

 

Unlocks one bike at a time. 

 

Purchase at any Biki Stop kiosk

 

Hawaii Resident?

Check out our Kama'āina Plans.

VOYAGER PLAN

VOYAGER PLAN

$25 for a month of unlimited 60-minute rides. That is, take as many rides as you’d like during a month for $25+tax.  As a Biki member, you will be able to unlock a bike to ride 24/7 using the Biki Mobile App, or with your complimentary Biki Pass, which will be mailed to your Oahu residential address within 3-5 business days after signing up. 

 

Think about how you will use Biki. If you’ll ride consistently, but don’t want to rush to meet the 30-minute time period, this could be the option that fits you best. If it’s not, then check out the Free Spirit Plan or Commuter Plan.

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EXTRA TIME

Each time you ride longer than 60 minutes, you will get an Extra Time charge of $4.50 for every 30 minutes, or fraction of 30 minutes, that is over. For example, ride for 75 minutes and you’ll see an additional charge of $4.50 for that ride.  Ride for 98 minutes (that’s a long ride!) your additional charge will be $9.00 for that trip.

Auto-renew bonus:

 

Sign up for automatic renewal and you’ll get your 13th consecutive month free!

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Commuter Plan

Commuter Plan

$15 for a month of unlimited 30-minute rides. That is, take as many rides as your heart desires during a month and pay only $15+tax.  As a Biki member you will be able to unlock a bike 24/7 using the Biki Mobile App, or with your complimentary Biki Pass, which will be mailed to your Oahu residential address within 3-5 business days after signing up. 

 

Think about how you will use Biki.  Often and consistently under 30 minutes?  Then this is the plan for you.  If it’s not, then check out the Free Spirit Plan or Voyager Plan.

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Extra time

Each time you ride longer than 30 minutes, you will get an Extra Time charge of $4.50 for every 30 minutes, or fraction of 30 minutes, that is over. For example, ride for 45 minutes you’ll see an additional charge of $4.50 for that ride.  Ride for 67 minutes an additional charge of $9.00 will be added for that trip. 

Auto-renew bonus:

 

Sign up for automatic renewal and you’ll get your 13th month free!

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