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October 10, 2017

Bike-share program logs 180K rides in 3 months

Categories: Featured | Transportation

This story appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Tuesday, October 10

Biki, Honolulu’s first bike-share program, said it logged 180,272 rides during the three-month period between June and September in its first release of quarterly data Monday.

While Biki initially met with some resistance from a few neighborhoods, Bikeshare Hawaii, the nonprofit that manages the system, says each month since launching June 28, it has seen an increase in average rides per day.

In July, including June 28 to 30, the average rides taken per day was 1,735. In August the average rides per day clocked in at 1,918, and in September users took 2,101 rides per day.

“We are very pleased with Biki’s high ridership after just three months of service,” said Lori McCarney, executive director of Bikeshare Hawaii, in a press release. “Not only are residents using Biki to make short trips in town, but riders like the variety of fare plans available. We also cover a lot of miles in urban Honolulu, which equals less CO2 being emitted into the air and more calories burned, just a few of the many benefits of bike sharing.”

So far, the Free Spirit Pass, which allows riders to use 300 minutes anytime for $20, has been the most popular option among riders. The top three ZIP codes among Biki users are 96815 (Waikiki), 96813 (Downtown/Chinatown) and 96826 (McCully/Moiliili).

McCarney has said previously that Biki’s goal is to reach 2,000 rides a day, based on an industry standard of two daily rides per available bicycle.