8 Tips to get you started with Bikeshare Hawaii, Biki

I’m sure by now that you have noticed Biki stations have popped up around the city. Biki, Bikeshare Hawaii has finally launched, and holoholoyolo is here to give you 8 tips to get you started with Bikeshare Hawaii, Biki.

Before we begin… lets get to know Biki a little bit.

Pronounced “bee kee” Bikeshare Hawaii came up with the name by crossing “bike” with wiki, which means fast and quick in Hawaiian. Biki officially launched on June 28, 2017. Bikesharing is a transit system that enables its customers to make short trips using a network of publicly accessible bikes. It reduces traffic, promotes fitness, creates business for retailers, and reduces our carbon footprint!  You can visit their website by clicking the link at GoBiki.org to sign up for membership plans, purchase passes, locate nearby Biki stops and more! Biki Has 100 self-service Biki stops from Chinatown to Diamond Head, with a thousand bikes available for rent.

Biki Map
Biki Map

So now on to my tips for a great Biki experience!

  1. Download the App:

Even though it might feel like you see the Biki station everywhere that you go, when it comes time to find a station, you might find yourself wandering aimlessly. Download the Biki app, and you’ll always know where to find the nearest bike. Also, it will tell you if there are bikes at the station closest to you which makes it that much easier! You can download the app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by clinking on the link.

Screenshot of Biki App
Screenshot of Biki App in the Google Play Store

2. Check the Map:

While Honolulu is a very bike-friendly city, there are locations that disallow bikes on the sidewalk such as Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu, or in areas where signs are depicted.

Oahu Bike Map
The bike map for Oahu

3. Explore Your Payment Options:

Biki has four payment options starting at $3.50 for a single 30-minute ride. It’s $15 per month for an unlimited number of 30-minute trips, $20 for Biki’s “Free Spirit Pass” which get you 300 minutes to use anytime, and $25 per month for unlimited 60-minute trips. You are are also able to purchase plans through the Biki app found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. *Biki does not accept prepaid debit or gift cards, and it really doesn’t have you validate the credit card you are using which makes it easy for a stolen card to gain access to a bike. *About two-thirds of riders are “membership” however, more casual riders rent bikes on the weekend.

Screenshot of Biki Payment Plan
Screenshot of Biki Payment Plans

4. Beware the Drivers:

This applies to ALL BIKERS!: Drivers are not paying attention to you! It’s up to you to keep your eyes up and beware of cars and pedestrians around you. Now, riding your bike through Honolulu is not like riding your bike through New York City, so you can relax a little bit and take in the fantastic views that this island has to offer.

5. Get to Know Your Bike:

Before you set off on your bike, take a moment to get acclimated. Adjust your seat so that your legs are fully extended, check the brakes, and tires, and basically make sure that your bike in good riding condition.

Get to Know Your Biki Bike
Get to Know Your Biki Bike

6. Remember the Rules:

Just because you are renting a bike, don’t forgo all the rules of bicycling. Remember to signal when you turn, stop for pedestrians, obey traffic lights, and make sure you know where you are allowed to ride or not. Click here to find Honolulu’s bike paths and bike friendly places to ride.

Safety Rules
Safety Rules

7. Remember to Relax and Have Fun:

Remember, you are riding your bike through one of the most beautiful places on Earth. So, relax an take in sites and sounds around you. These bikes only have 3 speeds so you’re not going to be a speed demon on these bikes.

8. Plan Accordingly:

Remember to leave ample time to get to the Biki station and bike to your location. Also remember that you might arrive only to find that there aren’t any bikes available.  Make sure that you have a back-up station in mind. The same thing can apply when it’s time to return your bike. Be sure that you know where to go as an alternative. The areas where the Biki bikes are used more frequently are in Waikiki, Kakaako, and Magic Island just to name a few. If the rack is full, you have a 15-minute grace period to get the bike to another rack.

Also remember, Biki bikes don’t come with locks because the idea isn’t to keep these bikes with you the whole day. You take one out, then return it to closest station to your destination, which by the way leads me to mention that should you lose/destroy one of these Biki bikes the fine $1,200 so make sure that keep an eye on your bike when you are not riding. You will also need to provide your own helmet should you have, or chose to wear to one.

Screenshot of Biki Stations
Screenshot of Biki Stations

So there you have it! I say this a great affordable alternative when it comes to transportation here in Honolulu. I will mention that “TheBus”  which is the public bus transportation service here on the island is $1.00 cheaper than the Biki bike at $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for youth. You can also purchase monthly and annual passes, click on the TheBus link to get fare and bus stop locations. You can also download DaBus app from the Apple App Store and Google Playstore.

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