Hawaii B-Cycle

Hawaii B-Cycle

Hawaii’s first bike sharing system is now operational and will be officially unveiled this Friday. From Hawaii B-Cycle:

Hawaii’s first bike-sharing venture has been launched in Kailua as part of a $100,000 pilot project of the State Department of Health, Healthy Hawaii Initiative. Kaneohe Ranch partnered with the State to provide, at no charge, land for two bike stations in prime locations. The sites are at the Davis Building at 767 Kailua Road and Hahani Plaza at 515 Kailua Road. Wisconsin-based B-cycle, LLC has subcontracted with Nguyen Le, founder of Hawaii B-cycle, to operate, maintain and expand the program on Oahu.

On Friday, May 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, project leaders and political figures will formally unveil the innovative program to the community. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how the system works and experience riding the bikes around Kailua town. The bikes have been available at the two stations for limited use since April 28 in order to test and ensure the proper functioning of the high-tech payment, locking and tracking systems.

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8 Responses to “Hawaii B-Cycle”

  • Samantha says:

    Alan,
    As excited as I am to see Hawaii trying to promote biking, some of the comments on the news sites here are downright depressing. Here is a link to the story here: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/hawaiinews/20110516_State_peddles_program_for_renting_of_bicycles.html
    … and you can read the comments at the bottom.
    Considering the truly horrible traffic they have here, the amazing weather and the beautiful scenery, you’d think people would be eager to get out of their cars and onto a nice bike… but a lot of them aren’t. And plans to build a high speed rail system here is getting a lot of flak as well. AND I remember hearing that they’re expecting the population to double within the next few years (I believe it’s already at a million here). I’d swear that folks here are HAPPY with their traffic!
    I hope the bike sharing program proves itself, yet I’m afraid that if Hawaii doesn’t do more to educate people here on bicycling, etiquette on the roads and other mass transit options it won’t take off the way it should.

  • Alan says:

    Hi Samantha,

    Thanks for the link.

    I wouldn’t let the comments get you down. Regardless of the topic, unmoderated discussion areas on news sites are not indicative of much of anything.

    What really matters is whether the systems get used and are self-sustaining. The ever-increasing number of cities implementing bike share systems is a testament to their success so far.

    Alan

  • Jim says:

    One of my favourite memories from Hawaii was riding a hire bike from Waikiki to Ala Moana Beach park. So beautiful and fun! The tourists will love a bike share program..

  • Aloha Kid says:

    …not much Aloha for local bicycle riders .

    Bicycle Riders Face Grim Statistics Of Injury Or Death In Hawaii
    http://honolulu.injuryboard.com/automobile-accidents/bicycle-riders-face-grim-statistics-of-injury-or-death.aspx?googleid=269580

  • Julian says:

    With just 2 stations it’s really just bike rental for tourists alone.
    For my money you need a network of 40+ pickup and drop of stations, sensibly spread and located, at least 250 bikes and the ability to do one way rides. This arrangement becomes useful for locals and truly complements traditional public transport.

  • Jared says:

    Having lived in and biked around Kailua for the last 3 years, I was really excited to see this bike share program come to town. This is a fabulous place to ride a bike all year long and I wish more people would do it. I am nervous about the “test bed” status though, Kailua is a pretty small town and you can walk between the 2 terminals in about 5 min, so while biking is great here, there isn’t a lot of practical application for locals. If kiosk were all over the island, that would be a different story….

    As someone who has never owned a bike that didn’t say “huffy” on it, renting one of those was a great way to check out some of the commuter friendly options on a well built bike that I have read about on this blog. (thanks so much for all you do on here BTW) I was down there the first day to check one out and show my support for the program. IGH is confirmed, drum brakes, not so sure. I’m moving to Seattle this fall and plan to bike commute every day. Once I get there i am finally going to get the nice, solid, reliable bike I have been dreaming about for the past few months. Your Civia is probably my top end, with the Raliegh Detour DLX being the more likely purchase. Given the bikes I have rode for the past 27 years, I’ll probably be happy with either one.

    Thanks again for the blog!

  • Alan says:

    @Aloha Kid

    Those numbers don’t look right. The total bicyclist fatalities for 2009 for the entire United States was 630. I don’t have the exact numbers for 1999, but they were under 1000 for the entire country, so they couldn’t possibly have been 750 for Hawaii.

  • Aloha Kid says:

    Alan , your correct . Those may be national numbers .

    Hawaii had the second highest average annual fatality rate for
    bicyclists (4.5 deaths/million residents) in the country from 2001-
    2005, nearly twice that for the rest of the States (2.4). There
    were 29 deaths from 2001-2005, representing 4 percent of all
    traffic-related fatalities. While there was no trend in the annual
    number of fatal injuries, the number of bicyclists involved in
    non-fatal crashes generally increased, from 280 in 2001 to 329
    in 2005

    http://hltap.eng.hawaii.edu/shsp/SHSP2007-2012.pdf

 
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