Courtesy Biki Hawaii

Bikeshare system debuts in Honolulu

Text Summit Staff

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 for more information on usage and pricing plans. Safety pamphlets in English and Japanese are available at every station.

There will also be Biki Bicycling Basics workshops for the public throughout July. Here's the schedule:

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


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