‘Multimodal Mondays’ showcases the e-skateboard
Jan 29, 2024
For our final episode of the Multimodal Mondays series on KITV’s Island Life, we traveled to Hawaii Island to talk with Hilo resident David Carbon, who has been getting around on his e-skateboard since the COVID-19 pandemic. He tells us how it’s been lifechanging for him.
Meanwhile, Mayor Mitch Roth discusses how Hawaii County is incorporating different modes of transportation into their plan. In addition, Jess Thompson, program manager with Hawaii Public Health Institute (HIPHI), shared the importance of multimodal transportation options.
In 2024, Ulupono will continue to partner with KITV to increase awareness of multimodal transportation choices through 30-second segments featuring tips on how to join the multimodal movement. These will highlight the benefits of riding the bus, biking, rail and walking, among others. Viewers will see how everyday multimodal transportation users go about their day without having to depend on driving a car, how making the choice is easy, and how it helps to reduce carbon emissions and traffic.
Another significant benefit of not owning a car is saving money on gas and maintenance. In Hawaii, personal vehicles cost an average of $16,200 per household per year. Factoring in all public costs (state and county expenditures, social and economic trade-offs, and real estate value of land set aside for roadways and parking), the total comes to an estimated $40,600 per household per year.