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January Newsletter

01/30/2018

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Ridership Going Strong After 6 Months

Continuing to Seek Input from Community on Biki Expansion

 

 

It’s been six months since the launch of Biki, and we are happy to report that ridership continues to go up! As of December 31, 2017, a total of 360,729 rides had been taken on Biki, more than doubling the 180,272 rides during the first three months of operation. Even more amazing is that nearly two-thirds (231,414) of those trips were taken by Oahu residents, as indicated by the reported zip code for each of those trips. We are proud to see residents learn about and adopt Biki so quickly.

 

Biki members and casual riders use Biki somewhat differently. Biki members’ average trip duration of 12 minutes and 53 seconds is lower than that of casual riders’ 26 minutes and 50 seconds. Members’ shorter trips suggest regular, purposeful use—to and from the office, to meetings, to lunch, for quick errands. This was supported by the Biki member survey conducted at the end of October 2017 which found that 60 percent of respondents said they use Biki to dine, 56 percent use Biki to shop, and 36 percent use Biki to commute to work. 59 percent of respondents said they used their car most of the time or all of the time before Biki, indicating bikeshare is helping Honolulu replace car trips with bikes!

 

 

Biki table at the Oahu Bike Plan public meeting, January 25, 2018.

 

We are encouraged by how many requests we’ve received for Biki Stops in recent months. Since the “request a station” form was added to gobiki.org on October 14, there have been 133 requests submitted for Biki Stops in neighborhoods currently not being served by Biki, or suggestions for infill within the current service area (Downtown to Waikiki). The most popular requests for Biki Stops include Makiki, University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Park and Iwilei/Dole Cannery.

 

Community input is an important part of designing an effective and convenient bikeshare system, and as we work on expanding Biki service in 2018, we very much still want to hear from you. So tell us. Where do you want a Biki Stop? What can you share about your neighborhood that can help guide us? If you see gaps in our existing network or would like to see a Biki Stop near your home or work, please fill out the “request a station”. Include your contact information if you’re willing to advocate for Biki Stops where you live, work, and play.

 

A dense network of Biki Stops helps ensure bikes and open docks are available where and when riders need them. We anticipate adding somewhere between 30 and 50 new Biki Stops this year. Stayed tuned for updates!

 

Map outlining Biki’s current service area and potential expansion areas.

 

In the meantime, Biki will be taking part in University of Hawaii at Manoa’s upcoming BikeUHM event on Tuesday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Campus Center Courtyard. If you are a student, staff, or faculty, we welcome you to stop by our tent to learn more about Biki and complete a request a station form if you would like to have a Biki Stop on or near campus, or along your daily route to campus.

 

Lastly, as shared in last month’s newsletter, The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is updating its Oahu Bike Plan and also needs your input. If you haven’t already, please take this short survey to provide feedback as to how the City can improve bicycling conditions across the island and reduce barriers that prevent people from riding their bikes.

 

 

Biki Bicycling Basics Free Workshops

 

 

Since July, Bikeshare Hawaii and Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL) have partnered to offer free Biki Bicycling Basics workshops. More than 250 people have taken advantage of the workshops to review Honolulu’s bicycling rules, learn about good bike etiquette, and get a chance to try out a Biki bike to become acclimated with riding on Honolulu’s streets. We are pleased to continue to offer these free classes; anyone interested can register onwww.HBL.org/BikiBasics. There is a limit of 14 participants per workshop.

 

If you are interested in a free workshop for a group, please contact info@bikesharehawaii.org.

 

Major Donor Spotlight: Hawai‘i Pacific Health

 

We truly appreciate major donors like Hawai’i Pacific Health, who support our mission.

 

Creating a Healthier Hawai‘i with Biki

 

At Hawai‘i Pacific Health, our mission is to create a healthier Hawai‘i. Our four medical centers – Kapi‘olani, Pali Momi, Straub and Wilcox – and more than 70 locations statewide provide high quality medical care for our patients. To help us achieve our mission, we are working to extend that care into our communities and partnering with local organizations that share our philosophy of health and well-being. That’s why we were excited to partner with Bikeshare Hawaii for the launch of Biki in 2017, and why we’re proud to continue to be one of the major #GoBikiHI sponsors in 2018.

 

Exercise plays a key role in minimizing the impacts of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, and also offers other benefits like improvements in body image and mood, better mental health and decreased stress, and a stronger immune system. With 360,729 total rides in its first six months of operation, Biki has helped make bicycling a fun and easy option for O‘ahu residents and visitors to get their daily dose of physical activity and enjoy the outdoors.

 

 

 

 

Another great opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to better their health is the Hawai‘i Pacific Health Great Aloha Run. More than 20,000 people make this event a President’s Day tradition each year, and this year’s race is right around the corner on Monday, Feb. 19.

 

Though Great Aloha Run participants will be pounding the pavement by foot, Biki will be on the race course as several of our Hawai‘i Pacific Health medical personnel will patrol the 8.15-mile route from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium on blue Biki bikes. If you’re registered for the Great Aloha Run, Biki is also a great alternative to get to the starting line. For more details on this year’s event, visit www.GreatAlohaRun.com.

 

Whether you walk, run or Biki, we encourage you all to take the steps toward a healthier you and join us in creating a #HealthierHawaii.

 

Featured Biki Member of the Month

 

 

Photo Credit: @punanoninaturals

 

Name: Lisette

 

Pass: Free Spirit; I chose the Free Spirit Pass because I knew I would want it for more than half an hour. I also knew I didn’t want to commit to a full on plan with out knowing how much I would actually be using it. Seemed like the best deal at the time to test it out and really get a feel for it.

 

How I use Biki: I use Biki mainly for casual rides to nearby places and lighthearted adventures. I really enjoy the bike stations, not having to find parking, and not having to own a bike since my place has no room to store one. I think it’s great during events around town when parking can be scarce.

 

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

 

 

January 26, 2018

Pacific Business News

Introducing PBN’s 2018 Women Who Mean Business

January 20, 2018
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
More bicycles put drivers on notice

January 18, 2018
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Biki ridership holds steady

January 17, 2018
Hawaii News Now
Popularity of Biki bikes is booming – and not just with visitors

 

 

BIKI/BIKESHARE HAWAII IN THE COMMUNITY

Upcoming 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.

 

February 1, 2018
Downtown/Chinatown Neighborhood Board Meeting
7 p.m.
Hawai’i Pacific University Multi-Purpose Room 2
1 Aloha Tower Drive

 

February 2, 2018
First Friday Gallery Show Opening pARTy
6 to 10 p.m.
The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nuuanu Avenue
Special discount for new Lyft users only. Valid for $5 off their first 4 rides. Subject to Lyft’s terms.
Link: lyft.com/i/artsatmarks

 

Valid for all users. Valid for 20% off their ride to/from the First Friday Gallery Show Opening pARTy on 2/2/18. Subject to Lyft’s terms.
Link: lyft.com/i/artsatmarks22

 

February 6, 2018
BikeUHM
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
University of Hawaii at Manoa – Campus Center Courtyard

 

February 7, 2018
Manoa Neighborhood Board Meeting
7 p.m.
Noleani Elementary School Cafeteria
2655 Woodlawn Drive

 

February 10, 2018
POW! WOW! HAWAII 2018
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Biki Stop 204 Auahi & Keawe
Enjoy a ride to and/or from SALT block without worrying about traffic and parking. We’ll be at Biki Stop 204 with extra bikes, Biki giveaways and staff available to assist and answer any questions about bikeshare! Learn how easy it is to explore the murals and exhibits by Biki. Maps will be provided to help lead you on a self-guided art tour.

 

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

 

 

Rate Biki on Yelp!

 

 

Have you tried Biki and would like to provide feedback about your experience? Then give us a rating on yelp!

As a community-based organization, we welcome input from Biki users as we work towards our goal of providing convenient and affordable mobility in urban Honolulu. Is Biki helping you to get around town faster? Are you using your car less frequently and saving money on parking? Are you trying new dining or retailers because it’s easier to get to with Biki? We’d love to hear what role Biki plays in your life since our launch last summer!

 


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