Biki partners with Lyft, offers First Friday discount

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Published: Wednesday, November 30th 2017, 12:45 pm HST
Star-Advertiser staff

Biki, Honolulu’s bike-share program, has partnered with Lyft to offer discounts to new ride-hailing customers, with a special promotion for First Friday in Chinatown on Friday.

New Lyft users who download the company’s app get $5 off each of their first four rides with the code “BIKILYFT.” In addition, Lyft has agreed to donate $10 to Bikeshare Hawaii, the non-profit managing Biki, for every new user that signs up using the code.

“In many instances, Biki is a great way to get from place to place,” said Lori McCarney, CEO of Bikeshare Hawaii in a statement. “But, we also recognized that there are times when riders will want to Biki somewhere and have another way to get back. That’s why we are delighted to be partnering with Lyft to offer Biki users a convenient option for their return trips. This partnership is a win-win for both Biki and Lyft.”

Riders who plan to attend the First Friday gallery walk in Chinatown also receive a 20 percent discount on a Lyft ride home with the code “BIKIFIRSTFRIDAY,” which will only apply to rides to and from a one-mile-radius of the Arts at Marks Garage at 1159 Nuuanu Ave. The discount will be available from 5 a.m. tomorrow until 3 a.m. Saturday.

Biki relocated its station from the corner of Maunakea and King streets to the corner of Pauahi Street and Nuuanu Avenue by the Arts at Marks Garage earlier this month following the city’s removal of a bulbout at the former site. Local shop owners near the Maunakea stop had complained that the bulbout and Biki station had resulted in a drop in revenue.

“We also want to remind Biki members that drinking and riding don’t mix,” McCarney said. “If you choose to Biki to a bar or party and celebrate the holiday season with a few adult beverages, we recommend catching a Lyft ride home. Since you used Biki to get there, you won’t have to worry about leaving your car or personal bike behind, and will be able to return safely with Lyft.”