Bikeshare system debuts in Honolulu
Expect to see more people riding about on turquoise bicycles in the coming weeks as urban Honolulu's bikeshare system, Biki, kicked off on Wednesday.
Following the growing national and international trend of providing clean, alternative transportation, the rental system, operated by non-profit Bikeshare Hawaii, will complete the launch within the week of 100 stations around town with a thousand bikes available for use.
Someone like McCully resident James Trpkovsky immediately understood the use of the system. She told KHON2 News that since she doesn't have a car, she'll use Biki for “grocery shopping, going to work, going to my friend’s house, going to the mall, and it’s good exercise, too. I think it’s about time. Hopefully, it will make people feel more motivated to get out more, exercise more, help tourists and locals alike. I think it’s a good idea.”
The bike stations cover an area between Chinatown and Diamond Head. Bikeshare Hawaii's ultimate goal is to double the initial amount to 200 docking stations and 2,000 Biki bikes. The public-private partnership was funded in large part by the city and the state, each contributing a million dollars to the project.
Visit gobiki.org for more information on usage and pricing plans. Safety pamphlets in English and Japanese are available at every station.
Sunday, July 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Jefferson Elementary School
Thursday, July 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Jefferson Elementary School
Saturday, July 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m., McCully Bicycling & Sporting Goods
Friday, July 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m., McCully Bicycling & Sporting Goods
Saturday, July 15, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Ala Moana Beach Park
Wednesday, July 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Ala Moana Beach Park
Sunday, July 23, 4-6 p.m., State Capitol
Tuesday, July 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m., State Capitol
Saturday, July 29, 3-5 p.m., Kaka'ako Waterfront Park
Monday, July 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Kaka'ako Waterfront Park