Riding in Hawaii

Cycling is not only a great way to get outside for exercise and fresh air, but can also serve as an essential mode of transportation, to get you to work, to the beach, or to the drug store.

Each island has its own network of bike paths and lanes, which can help keep cars separate from cyclists. If you have to use roads without that dedicated space, you can find other options at the following bike maps.


If there is no bike lane, be sure to follow the area’s laws about where to ride. In a business district (such as Honolulu or Waikiki) riding on sidewalks is prohibited. In other areas, bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks as long as they stay under 10mph.

If you prefer a more scenic recreational ride, Hawaii has some of the most beautiful route including Ka Ala Hele Makalae Path on Kauai and the Lei of Parks on Oahu.


Bicycle safety

When biking in Hawaii, safety is the most important consideration. Always wear a helmet and have lights and reflective items on you and your bike at night. You can find local bike safety courses through PATH Hawaii (Hawaii Island), Hawaii Bicycling League (Oahu), Bikeshare Hawaii (Oahu) or Maui Bicycling League (Maui).


New to biking?

Getting back on a bike, or riding for the first time, can be daunting. Luckily, there are now tools to make it easier! If you want to know the best route to get to your destination, you can use Google Maps’ bicycle route feature. Just map your route and select the ‘bike’ icon option.

If you want something closer to home, consider just going for a ride around the neighborhood with your family! Even a short spin can get you reacquainted with your love of biking.


Access Hawaii Bikeshare Programs

There are fantastic bikeshare options available in Honolulu, Kona, and Hilo. Bikeshare allows anyone to be a cyclist for the day or the month, by accessing the available rental bikes at one location and locking them back at another.

Honolulu

Biki bikeshare offers 1300 bicycles at 130 docked locations from Chinatown to Diamondhead. Biki bikes are designed to be easy to maneuver, comfortable, and fun to ride, while accommodating riders of all sizes. They offer a variety of pricing options and a phone app that simplifies the process of riding and returning bikes. 

Kona and Hilo

Hawaii Island Bikeshare allows day pass and membership payment options for their bikes located at 10 different locations in Kona and Hilo.

There are many group rides put on by various organizations (advocates, clubs, and and bike shops) throughout the year all across the country. These rides will run the gamut in terms of difficulty (beginner to advanced) and geography (city center to the outer areas of the region). We can't list them all here, but with a bit of searching it's likely you'll find a group that fits you. And if you don't, then maybe it's time to start a new group!


Bike Rentals

If you aren’t located near a bikeshare program, you can rent bikes the traditional way from many bike stores around the state. Hawaii Bicycling League provides maps of those bike rental locations here.


Where to get more information

You can learn more about clean transportation in Hawaii at the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii (STCH) website. To learn more about places to ride, local safety information, where to locate bikes, or bike events, you can contact the STCH Coordinator at lauren@blueplanetfoundation.org or reach out to the local bike organization on your island:

Hawaii All time stats

  • 60 Workplaces
  • 846 People
  • 261 New riders
  • 435,978 Miles
  • 29,929 Rides
  • 22,427 lbs CO2
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