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February Newsletter

02/27/2018

Riding Safely and Courteously on Hawaii’s Roads

Bikeshare Hawaii February E-Newsletter

 

 

We send out a monthly e-newsletter to update our riders on the latest Biki info, news, events, promos and more. Don’t miss out – subscribe today!

 

Residents participating in a Free Biki Bicycling Basics workshop with Hawaii Bicycling League.

 

When you hop on your Biki, you are now a bicyclist and have the same rules, rights and responsibilities as people driving motor vehicles. Here are a few of the key things to keep in mind.

 

 

Biking on sidewalks.
Hawaii state law prohibits bicycles on sidewalks in business districts (such as Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki). However, there are places (like residential areas) where it is legal to ride on a sidewalk. When you’re on a sidewalk or shared path, you must yield to pedestrians, make an audible signal to alert them (have you noticed the Biki bell on the handlebar?) and keep your speed below 10 mph. Your courtesy to others will be appreciated!

 

 

 

Ride with traffic
It is dangerous and illegal to ride against traffic, so always ride in the same direction as other moving vehicles. If there is plenty of room for a vehicle to pass you, like a wide shoulder, ride to the right and allow traffic to pass on your left. If there isn’t enough space, then ride in the middle of the right lane so you’re more visible and vehicles don’t try to squeeze by. It’s also important to stay super alert and assume drivers don’t see you—even when getting out of their parked car. Always err on the side of caution. You many also want to consider wearing bright colored clothing and reflective gear to make yourself more visible to motorists when riding.

 

Take advantage of bike facilities
We applaud the efforts of the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) for their hard work in making Honolulu a bike-friendly city. They’ve recently announced the update of the O’ahu Bike Plan (2012), which will include a growing network of bikeways (like the two-way cycle track on South King Street) designed to be comfortable for novice and experienced bicyclists. We encourage you to use these bikeways and keep in mind that bikeways are designed for speeds of 8-12 mph. Already an avid user of Honolulu’s bikeways? Join us at the March 22nd public meeting to show your support for the city’s next planned cycle tracks on Pensacola St. and Ward Ave. (6:00pm Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave, Pikake Room)

 

 

Wear a helmet
While it is not legally required for riders age 16 and older to wear a bike helmet, we recommend that you do. Biki helmets are available for a $20 donation at our headquarters (914 Ala Moana Blvd). You can also visit a number of local bike shops including Waikiki Bike Tours and Island Triathlon & Bike.

Most importantly, be alert and aware at all times when you are on a bicycle!

 

For more information on bicycle safety and rules for riding on Hawaii’s roadways, check out the following resources: AAA Hawaii’s Sharing the Road: A Guide to Safe Bicycling in Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation,  Hawaii Bicycling League and gobiki.org.

 

Safety tips also can be found on gobiki.org and on the back of Biki maps found on the side of every Biki Stop kiosk.

 

Biki Free Ride Day
Help Biki reach 4,000 trips in one day on March 4

 

 

We are giving away one free ride, up to 30 minutes, to new Biki users on Sunday, March 4! Our goal is to achieve 4,000 Biki trips in one day. The program currently averages 2,008 rides per day.

 

This is a great opportunity for anyone who has not yet tried Biki to try it out for free. Simply enter the promo code, BIKI4K, using the Biki mobile app to purchase a single ride or at any of Biki’s 100 Biki Stop kiosks located from Downtown to Diamond Head. The promo code is valid from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on March 4, can be redeemed by new users and used once per person.

 

All current Biki pass holders are also encouraged to ride on March 4 and help Biki meet its goal. Prizes will be randomly awarded throughout the day to thank those for helping Biki attempt to beat the record! Follow @gobikihi for prize information.

 

Biki riders must be 16 years and older, and must register with a credit or debit card. Riders are encouraged to download the Biki App via the respective Apple or Google mobile app stores. The Biki App lets users know where stations are, and how many bikes and docks are available at each location. Riders can also view the map of Biki stops here.

 

Biki riders are reminded to follow Honolulu ordinances and heed any traffic guidance or detours that are in place.

 

The promotion code is valid for one bike rental, up to 30-minutes. Normal usage fees kick in after the 30-minute mark. Single rides are $3.50 for each 30 minutes of use after the initial free 30 minutes. A $50 security will still apply and will be released within 3-5 business days after the bike is returned.
For more information, visit gobiki.org.

 

Member of the Month

 

 

Name: Jenn (@jennlieu)

 

Plan: Free Spirit; I bought a free spirit pass because I love the flexibility of the pass, plus I do not have to worry about any of my minutes expiring.

 

Why I love Biki: I love Biki because it’s not just for people who are tall! I am 5’ and it can be challenging to find a bike that is safe and easy to ride. To all my vertically challenged friends, I recommend you try Biki. It is the best!

 

*Learn more about the Biki bike here.

 

Think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Biki Member of the Month? Send an email to info@bikesharehawaii.org with your Biki story or nominate a fellow Biki rider.

 

 

BIKI/BIKESHARE HAWAII IN THE NEWS
Click the links below for recent news coverage of Biki and Bikeshare Hawaii:

 

 

February 22, 2018
HPR The Conversation
Biki Bikes Expansion

 

February 22, 2018
At The Counter with Baumer & Cayman
How do you Biki?

 

February 1, 2018
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Biki offers new users free ride in March

 

February 1, 2018
HiLuxury
Get Biki With It!

 

January 31, 2018
Jessica Lani Rich Show
Bikeshare Hawaii CEO Lori McCarney shares about Biki program

 

 

BIKI/BIKESHARE HAWAII IN THE COMMUNITY

Community Events

 

Biki and Bikeshare Hawaii are coming to a community near you. To learn more about Biki and Bikeshare Hawaii, join us at one of our upcoming events below. We invite you to join us or provide testimony at neighborhood board meetings as well. You can also check our events page on gobiki.org.

 

March 1, 2018
Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board Meeting
7 p.m.
Aloha Tower, Multipurpose Room 2

 

March 10, 2018
Biki Bicycling Basics Free Workshop
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
McCully Bicycle and Sporting Goods
2124 South King Street
(limited spots available, registration required)

 

Walk on the Wild Side
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Street Mall, Chinatown
Biki Stop 101, outside of ARTS at Marks Garage

 

March 18, 2018
Biki Bicycling Basics Free Workshop
4 to 6 p.m.
Children’s Discovery Center
111 Ohe Street
(limited spots available, registration required)

 

March 21, 2018
Kaimuki Neighborhood Board Meeting
7 p.m.
Kaimuki Christian Church, Fellowship Hall
1117 Koko Head Avenue

 

March 22, 2018
Pensacola Protected Bike Lane Community Meeting
6 p.m.
Blaisdell Center, Pikake Room
777 Ward Avenue

 

March 27, 2018
Ala Moana/Kakaako Neighborhood Board Meeting
7 p.m.
Makiki Christian Church
829 Pensacola Street

 

In case you missed it….

 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Ulupono Initiative made a video to show why its team members love Biki. If you missed it, or would like to watch it again, click here. Thanks Ulupono Initiative for this super fun video. We enjoyed hearing all the reasons why you love Biki!

 


 

We send out a monthly e-newsletter to update our riders on the latest Biki info, news, events, promos and more. Don’t miss out – subscribe today!

 

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