Bikeshare Hawaii Scaling Back Biki Services
Bikeshare Hawaii will be downsizing its Biki service starting Thursday due to economic impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the nonprofit, it will decommission six docking stations and reduce its call center hours over the next few months.
Bikeshare Hawaii executive director Todd Boulanger said ridership and revenue in 2020 were cut in half from the previous year.
"Our stations up at the colleges – KCC, UH Manoa, HPU – aren’t being used, and additionally Downtown, a lot of our stations have much less use because of people working at home," he said. "And it doesn’t even get into the COVID tourism gap, the number of rides that no longer use our system from the kiosk, which is how most tourists use the system."
"They walk up, they use the kiosk, and they spend $4, $6, $7, $8 a ride. Whereas, most of our kamaaina members, because of the kamaaina discount, have a $15 flat fee per month much like a bus pass," he added.
Biki will be decommissioning stations in Waikiki, Kaimuki, Kakaako, Kalihi, Downtown Honolulu and Makiki.
More information about Bikeshare Hawaii can be found at GoBiki.org