Hawaii News Digest, 11 September 2017, 1325 hrs, UTC, Post #15573.
Reporter: Max Dible (West Hawaii Today).
Accessed on 11 September 2017, 1325 hrs, UTC.
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An experimental bikeshare program in Kona continues to make progress, with possible expansion in the future.
People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) executive director Tina Clothier says the $250,000 contract with Hawaii County will give her organization “approval to maintain bike stations on county property long-term and secure all its special management area exemptions.”
Maintaining and possibly expanding the bikeshare program will be done through grants and community support.
Clothier says the success of the Kona bikeshare program may pave the way for similar programs in Hilo:
“Expansion to other communities likely would again involve the county, Clothier said, and PATH is currently feeling out the new administration under Mayor Harry Kim to get his thoughts on spreading bikesharing across the island.”
“Clothier added the first target for a sister program would be Hilo, which she explained is adding more bicycle infrastructure like bike lanes.”
“Bikeshare would fit perfectly with Hilo’s downtown mobility plan, she explained, and implementation of that plan would likely dictate the timing of attempts to bring the program to East Hawaii.”
“For now, Clothier believes bikeshare usage numbers in Kona justify spreading the program out. PATH projected about 3,000 users in it’s first year and outperformed those projections by about 20 percent.”
“It’s exactly what we expected,” she said. “Most of our usage has been from visitors, but we do have some residents who have signed up as members.”
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