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Bikeshare Hawaii says Biki ridership topped 350,000 rides in its first six months of operation.

As of Dec. 31, Biki logged 360,729 rides since launching on June 28. Nearly two-thirds, or 231,414, were taken by Oahu residents, as indicated by the zip code reported for each of those trips.

“We are encouraged to see that ridership continues to grow,” said Lori McCarney, CEO of Bikeshare Hawaii in a press release. “It illustrates without a doubt we are fulfilling our mission to provide a viable transportation option for both kamaaina and visitors.We’re especially delighted to see that the majority of trips are made by residents, not visitors. We know that many visitors arrive here already familiar with bikeshare in their home cities. Seeing residents learn about and adopt Biki so quickly makes us proud.”

Bikeshare Hawaii, a Honolulu-based non-profit, offers about 1,000 turquoise-colored bikes for rent at 100 stations from Diamond Head to Chinatown.

Additional statistics reported by Bikeshare Hawaii:

>> The free spirit pass, which offers a bank of 300 minutes for $20, continues to remain the most popular choice, while monthly plans, available for $15 and $25, rose as well.

>> Overall, the average trip duration was 20 minutes and 9 seconds.

>> The 10 most popular Biki Stops are located in Waikiki (seven) and the Ala Moana/Kakaako neighborhoods (three). Station 331 at Kalakaua and Paoakalani avenues in Waikiki is the most popular Biki Stop.

>> The top three zip codes of Biki users are Waikiki, Downtown/Chinatown, and McCully/Moiliili.

>> Since the request a station feature to request a station in a neighborhood became available on Oct. 14, there have been 81 requests. The most popular requests include Makiki, University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Park and Iwilei/Dole Cannery.

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