• Bike sharing in Hawaii was conceived when the Department of Health Healthy Hawaii Initiative (DOH HHI) issued a Request for Proposal in Active Transportation Community Level Interventions in 2008. The RFP was a competitive bid process that selected 3 projects out of dozens of proposals. It has taken almost 3 years to progress the bike sharing project, after much review, consultations, community group meetings, etc. The DOH HHI program is funded by tobacco settlement funds - not taxpayer money.
  • The pilot bike sharing program is Kailua is a proof of concept, meant to determine if such a program can be successful in Hawaii. Similar programs have alleviated traffic congestions and improved public health in many cities in Europe, and they are being deployed in Denver, Portland, Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and many other major cities, most of which do no benefit from the favorable year-round weather that Hawaii offers.
  • Kailua was chosen because of its favorable geographic characteristics: small area, high population density, short commute distances. A few bike stations (4 to 8) would effectively service the entire town, thus providing a cost efficient test case for a community bike sharing initiative. Kaneohe Ranch Co. were the first property owners to offer their sites for the bike sharing stations in Kailua.
  • B-cycle (a joint venture between Trek, Humana, and Porter) is providing liability insurance coverage. Users will need to sign a waiver, just as in any other activity in the tort ridden US. Hawaii B-cycle will service and maintain the bikes, and it will also do nightly re-balancing (move bikes from one station to another as needed). There are anti-theft and other measures to prevent vandalism. The usage fees will go towards the cost of repairs and maintenance. In similar programs around the world, such fees nominally cover the cost of operating and maintaining the system.
  • The goal of the program is to get more people on bikes and out of their cars, particularly for short trips around town. If we can provide bikes for people to take convenient rides as an alternative to their cars, perhaps they will be more alert to cyclists on the road once they get back behind the wheel.
  • We have been working closely with the Department of Transportation Services (C&C), the DOT (State), and other agencies to improve bike lanes, bikes routes, and other facilities for bikes and cars to safely and effectively share the road. It is a very long and challenging process. If you are passionate about these issues, get involved, attend the meetings (Mayor's Advisory Committee on Bicycling, chaired by Richard Sullivan), and dedicate your energy and enthusiasm to positive change.

Want to learn more?

How it works