Many metropolitan areas–large and small–have started to combat inner-city congestion and pollution with privately-, publicly-, and venture-funded bike-sharing programs, from Citi Bike, a for-profit program sponsored by Citigroup to serve millions in NYC, to the City of Sacramento’s approval of $4 million in public funds for over 600 bicycles to serve their half-a-million residents, to Aspen, Colorado’s We Cycle non-profit, which provides fast and cheap transportation for their 7,000 residents.
In addition to reducing energy usage, bike share programs reduce traffic congestion, promote healthy lifestyles, and are good for business, creating jobs and increasing bicycle sales!
Locally, some bike sharing programs have already popped up, like Hawaii B-cycle in Kailua, and the City of Honolulu has taken a proactive approach towards bicycling, but we haven’t seen a true bike sharing startup.
Until now…and they’re looking for a leader.
Bikeshare, a new entity currently launching in Honolulu, describes themselves as a “collaborative and working group” and aims to work with public and private partners to launch and operate a bike share system across Hawaii.
While Bikeshare is already making progress (and you can sign-up for updates of future progress), Greg Gaug, Bikeshare’s board president, says that they are aggressively looking for an executive director to “provide the leadership and initiative to start-up the organization, attract partnerships and funding, and oversee and ensure the development and implementation of a fiscally responsible business plan that accurately reflects the unique opportunities and constraints of a bikeshare system in Hawaii.”
Preferred requirements include previous startup success and a forward-thinking approach that will position bike-sharing as a critical need in Honolulu and Hawaii. The initial launch will focus on urban Honolulu with further plans to expand the service statewide.
While Bikeshare is a non-profit entity, Gaug wants it to act and run like a startup, moving quickly, staying lean, and overcoming obstacles.
“Although it’s a non-profit, we think of Bikeshare more as a start-up,” said Gaug. “Once bikeshare is launched we expect it to be run like a start-up, actually turn a profit and be self sustaining.”
For more information, you can visit the Bikeshare website or view the job description for their executive director opening.