We recently installed a Biki Stop outside of Planet Fitness at Ala Moana Shopping Center! PF is welcoming us to the neighborhood by offering riders an amazing deal through July 20. Ride on over to their fitness center off Kapiolani Boulevard and get access to their clean and spacious Judgement Free Zone for only $1 down and $10 per month.
Planet Fitness Ala Moana is also helping us celebrate the new Biki Stop and Bike Month with free snacks and refreshments for cyclists at our Energizer Station on 7/19. Ride by the Planet Fitness Biki Stop from 3:30 - 6pm! Learn more at GoBiki.org/BikeMonth
Since the start of the 2022 legislative session on Jan. 19, lawmakers have introduced 2,546 bills. Several of the state bills introduced are transportation-related and will impact mobility and safety on Oahu. Bikeshare Hawaii has recently submitted testimony in support of the following five state bills.
Legislative items (text and video) can be searched at this link: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/home.aspx
I don’t know how to drive. I do not even know which pedal is the gas and which pedal is the brake. Thanks to Biki in Honolulu, there is no need for me to learn.
I was born into a military family in Hawaii and spent my childhood bouncing around the United States and world. For my final year of high school, a time when most teenagers are learning how to drive, I found myself in Macedonia, a small country in Southeastern Europe that most people have never heard of.
As a consequence of living in Macedonia, I never learned how to drive at the time most teenagers are getting their license tests. Now living back in Hawaii, the Biki system makes Honolulu one of the most livable cities to go car-less. Within the urban core, I am rarely more than a three-minute walk away from a Biki station. There is a station next to nearly every major destination – from the Blaisdell Center to grocery stores.
Riding a bike from one place within the city to another, when taking into account the time it takes to find parking, takes about the same amount of time needed to drive. I do not have to worry about my personal bike being stolen, or if my plans change and I catch a ride home with a friend instead. My transportation costs are fifteen dollars a month; the increasing price of gas is something I never have to be concerned about nor is the high cost and availability of parking. I have the opportunity to exercise while getting around. And most beneficial, the feeling I get when biking by the ocean with the breeze flowing through my hair makes living in paradise all the much better.
With a constantly expanding network of stations and bike lanes throughout Honolulu, I urge you to try making Biki your primary form of transportation for even just a week. You won’t regret it.
I’m currently here in American Samoa for work and have been for the past month. After 30 days, you start to realize the normalcies and routine that you actually have. Mine definitely included biki (along with Moku Kitchen, but that’s another story). I started to have “withdrawals”.
For most of the island, transportation is either done by car or by mini-buses (Tacoma size pick-up trucks with campers going around the island to pick up students and residents). I saw a few individuals on bicycles and noticed their rides were to the next couple of houses or so. Which makes sense because roads aren’t as well maintained, and bike lanes are non-existent.
I realized how lucky I am to be able to have convenient options at my disposal for commuting and recreating. It is a privilege. Choices that I can pick and choose to get from where I am to where I want, or need, to be. And not only that, but to be able to bikeshare nonetheless.
I work in tech and to think of bikesharing as a piece of modernization was something I hadn’t given much thought because I was so familiar with it as part of my everyday life. But if you’ve never had the option to bikeshare, you’d never know what you’re missing out on. However, living in a community that has those opportunities, it’s made me more grateful and more motivated to share it with others.
In places like American Samoa, many of the roads are one way in and one way out, rural, and loaded with trucks and cars piling in line just to get to a village less than 5-10 miles away. Progressing technology and enriching communities doesn’t have to look too futuristic and lose the heart of the home. It could be simplistic. Paved roads, bike lanes, and reliable bikes. Island-sized areas with less unnecessary car congestion, adding a more sustainable commute, and increasing an active lifestyle, all while matching the pace of life.
Many residents said engineering the roads to be less overgrown and keeping them maintained to sustain resilience against weather conditions, would be a step towards the modernization necessary for their home and community. It’s the little things that can have such a big impact. Imagine even our own Oahu with more bike lanes, bike stations, bikesharing, and maintained roads? I think we can all agree perfectly maintained roads and paths sounds blissful. Sometimes it takes getting out of your own neighborhood and comfortable schedule to gain a little perspective and inspiration.
For now, it’s baby steps towards seeing a future that I want for Honolulu and the rest of Hawaii. It’s using what’s already in my hands. Time and amateur skill to teach a friend how to ride a bike, get someone going on their first biki experience, gather a group of friends to get out and ride to your favorite beach spot, or just talk to people in my workplace and community about bikeshare. It’s funny how biking can elevate a conversation to many directions – nostalgia, jitters and butterflies of trying it, new thoughts, considerations, and the classic debate… pronouncing biki as "beekee" or "bick-ee".
Despite how I choose to say it, I’m grateful for the opportunity to biki, to have it in my city, and to have the privilege to share it with others. A classic piece of technology to restore a neighborhood and progress a community.
To celebrate the season of giving, we're teaming up with Hawaii Bicycling League to give away FREE helmets! We have over 150 bicycling and multi-sport helmets to distribute, ranging in size from toddler to adult XXL.
Must be present to receive a helmet and only one per person. Available while supplies last. No purchase necessary.
Helmets were donated by the Hawaii Department of Health, Neurotrauma Program. This event is brought to you by Bikeshare Hawaii, Hawaii Bicycling League, Better Bike Share Partnership, and SALT at our Kakaako.
Any of these situations sound familiar?
If you nodded your head in frustration to any of these scenarios, I feel your pain. Most of us don't think we devote significant amounts of mental energy to transportation, but working through the logistics of getting here and there can easily turn into spending 30 extra minutes on Google Maps and texting our friends. As a bike owner who doesn't have my own car, one of the biggest hacks of my adult life has my bikeshare membership. Time and time again, bikeshare has offered my friends and I alternatives, solutions, and back-ups without us having to spend more money or waste time problem solving. And, when we're not just turning to bikes to overcome any of these logistical obstacles, incorporating Biki into our daily lives keeps the cost of living down on an expensive island.
As a reminder: Kama'āina pay as little as $15 per month for unlimited access to bikes at over 130 Biki Stops across downtown Honolulu. If you're a Hawaii resident and haven't taken advantage of this deal yet, I urge you to sign up ASAP.
We are now recruiting 10 enthusiastic individuals to be Biki Ambassadors. This program is sponsored by a mini-grant funded by the Better Bike Share Partnership.
Updates: July 26th event has been CANCELLED due to the possible threat of Hurricane Douglas.
Kalakaua Open Streets Sundays has been extended through July due to the popularity of the program. The pilot program will also be extended to Hotel Street in Chinatown on July 11 from 4pm - 9pm.
"Open Streets" are programs that temporarily close roads normally reserved for vehicular traffic and instead open them up to walkers, bikers and joggers. This concept has been implemented across the globe, especially through this pandemic, to encourage residents to get outdoors and exercise, while still being able to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Honolulu's pilot program launched the morning of Sunday, June 14 on Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki and has since been extended through July. These weekly events attract residents from across the island excited by the opportunity to ride or walk safely along this iconic street.
Participants have also been encouraged to visit and support local businesses to help stimulate the local economy. This Saturday, Chinatown businesses will be invited to fill up sidewalks and expand their outdoor seating to offer outdoor dining.
The Sunrise Shack is supporting Open Street Sundays by offering 10% off your total order! Stop by for a bullet coffee and smoothie bowl.
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Ave
Hours: 6am - 8pm
To redeem, simply mention the Biki discount and show your Biki Pass, App or Biki kiosk receipt. Offer is ongoing.
The Open Street Sundays initiative, organized by The City and County of Honolulu and the Hawai‘i Bicycling League, was inspired by other cities across the globe who are repurposing streets during a time of low vehicular traffic. Montreal has announced plans to build over 200 miles of new pedestrian and bike paths this summer and Rome will be constructing 93 miles of temporary and permanent bike routes. In addition, New Orleans, San José, Las Vegas, and Boston are helping restaurants recover by laying the groundwork for outdoor dining spaces. (Source: NACTO)
A huge mahalo to rider Chris T, who recently adopted a Biki! As the adopter of 1 of our 1300 bikes, Chris provided an inscription "One less car on the road HBL.org" that we placed on the bike's chain guard. He is now able to track his bike and its impacts through our online dashboard, which provides information about the number of riders served, emissions avoided, CO2 burned and miles traveled.
UPDATE: The Pensacola Protected Bike Lane celebrated the official opening on Friday, September 25. The two-way protected bike lane spans from Wilder Street to Kapiolani Boulevard on the Diamond Head side of the street. This project is one of the Department of Transportation Services complete streets initiatives, and a step towards increasing the connectivity and safety of our community. Learn more.
The Pensacola project will look similar to the King Street and South Street protected bike lanes (completed in 2014 and 2017): a two-way protected lane on a one-way street. This means that, while drivers can only travel in the mauka to makai direction, cyclists can ride both ways. This design provides the necessary space and protection for cyclists while reducing the risk of collisions with vehicles.
The Pensacola protected bike lane will create a safe bicycle route to Makiki and Ala Moana/Kakaako, connecting riders to their homes, places of employment, and popular destinations such as Ala Moana Beach Park and Ala Moana Shopping Center. It will conveniently intersect King Street, one of the most popular routes for bike commuters.
Several Biki Stops are already located on or within close proximity to the route. See map.