Bikeshare is a great way for not only seasoned cyclists to experience Honolulu by bicycle, but also helps get people back on bikes who haven’t thought about bicycling in a while. There are many that haven’t ridden since childhood, and Biki gives them the opportunity to bring back the feeling of youth, freedom, and enjoyment of wind in their hair.
Bikeshare Hawaii is committed to helping our members feel safe and comfortable while using Biki, and that’s why we partnered with the Hawaii Bicycling League to conduct daily outreach and education at different Biki Stops every day of July. Now that we’ve gathered some “Lessons Leaned” from our HBL “Cycling Gurus”, John Rogers and Jeri El-Swaify, we want to share what we learned, and what’s coming up next.
Immediately after the official launch, Biki riders appreciated having our Cycling Gurus on hand to walk them through the membership options and navigate the kiosk (Hint: best deals for Kamaaina are found on the Biki website or through the Biki app). They provided education on safe cycling habits, talked about bicycling laws in Hawaii, and answered any other questions people had. The Cycling Gurus also helped people get to and from their destinations by sharing maps, tips on convenient route planning, and routes that Biki users would find comfortable and safe tailored to the rider’s experience.
We learned that our members biki for all sorts of trips: commuting to work, exploring hard to reach shops and new neighborhoods, getting exercise, one-way trips to beat the traffic, etc. Some riders just want to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible, and others want to take in the scenery.
Based on the information our Cycling Guru’s gathered, we also learned some of the important bikeways Biki riders frequently use and we want to highlight them for others as well. Check out the full map to see all biki stops!
Within Downtown and Chinatown
Ala Moana Beach Park
Now that we’re almost two months in, a lot of our members have a better idea of how Biki can integrate into their daily routines. We’ll continue to have Hawaii Bicycling League and Biki reps at Biki Stops throughout the coming months to offer on-site support, safety tips, and route suggestions. In fact, we’ll even start your ride with you if you’re unsure of nearby routes and bikeways that can best take you to your destination.
We’re also continuing the popular Biki Bicycling Basics workshops and have one more scheduled for Wednesday, August 23rd. Learn more and sign up at https://www.hbl.org/bikibasics/). Look out for more opportunities to refresh your cycling skills and try out the Biki bike for free starting again in September.