Pre-organizational history of bikeshare Hawaii

May 2011 - 2014

Hawaii B-Cycle was Hawaii's first introduction to modern bikeshare in 2011. It was a three-year pilot project limited to Kailua, Oahu. The two-station and 12-bike system was a partnership between the State Department of Health, Momentum Multisport, and B-Cycle. The State Department of Health’s Healthy Hawaii Initiative provided the initial start-up funds with an initial $100,000 grant.

May 2012

 The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) Transportation Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) reduction working group & the State Department of Health identified bikeshare in Urban Honolulu as a key strategy.

July 2012

The Bikeshare Working Group (BWG) -- includes representation from the City and County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), private foundations, non-profits, & educational institutions -- was formed with the goal of bringing a public bikeshare program to Honolulu.

July 2013

Supported by the BWG, the C&C funded the Bikeshare Organizational Study. This study identified the vision, goals, and objectives for bikeshare, engaged key stakeholders, proposed an organizational and governance strategy for Honolulu, and created a high-level business plan.

January 2014

Bikeshare Hawaii was established as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission was to launch and manage the Biki bikeshare program in Honolulu. Bikeshare Hawaii launched Biki with funding and support from public institutions and private partners including the City and County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii, Ulupono Initiative, Hawaii Pacific Health, and individual donors.