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May is Bike Month! The national event highlights the many benefits of biking and encourages more people to get around on two wheels instead of four. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Biki and the Hawaii Bicycling League who are helping more people get around by pedal power.
Biki is Honolulu’s bicycle-sharing program launched by Bikeshare Hawaii in June 2017. Today, the system has about 1,300 bikes at over 130 Biki Stops in urban Honolulu. Biki provides an affordable, convenient, fun and flexible transportation option for both residents and visitors. With three membership options available, there’s a plan for everyone from casual riders to those seeking an easy way to get around day to day.
Bikeshare Hawaii benefits Hawaii residents and visitors by providing a low-cost, convenient, zero emissions transportation option. It reduces the use of fossil fuels by getting people out of cars, lessening air pollution. It also reduces or eliminates parking, gas, and other personal car expenses. It’s also a healthy way to get from place to place when traveling short distances in town. 50 percent of Biki members reported driving or carpooling less since joining Biki, and 8 percent reported reducing the number of household vehicles.
As part of Bike Month, Bike to Work Week is held to promote bicycling as a healthy, safe and environmental option for commuting to work. The week takes place May 13 – 17, while May 17 is Bike to Work Day. The Hawaii Bicycling League will be doing pop-up Energizer Stations along the King Street cycle track throughout the week in the mornings and afternoons to dish out high fives, free coffee, snacks, and refreshments to people commuting by bicycle as a way of thanks and to encourage folks to bike even more.
Honolulu companies can also encourage this healthy and sustainable transportation option by enrolling their staff in Biki’s Employer monthly plan discount program. The program also helps to reduce the hassle and expense of parking.