Bike-share pro­gram is on a roll

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

KAILUA-KONA (AP) — The non­profit op­er­at­ing Kona’s bike-share pro­gram is in the process of ap­ply­ing for grants that could al­low it to ex­pand.

Peo­ple’s Ad­vo­cacy for Trails Hawaii re­cently re­ceived a 180-day ex­ten­sion on its $250,000 con­tract with Hawaii County, The Hawaii Tri­buneHer­ald re­ported Mon­day.

Tina Cloth­ier, the non­profit’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said the ex­ten­sion al­lows for long-term bike sta­tions on county prop­erty and se­cures spe­cial man­age­ment area ex­emp­tions. But more money is needed for ex­pan­sion, which county of­fi­cials said won’t come from them.

“We prob­a­bly won’t be seek­ing a new con­tract with the county,” Cloth­ier said.

The non­profit pro­jected about 3,000 users in its first year — a pro­jec­tion that has been sur­passed by about 20 per­cent, Cloth­ier said.

PATH will sub­mit a grantin-aid re­quest to the Hawaii State Leg­is­la­ture and plans to pur­sue funds from the Trans­porta­tion Al­ter­na­tive Pro­gram.

Cloth­ier ex­pects to hear back late this year on a few other grants. The soon­est ex­pan­sion would come on the Big Is­land early next year.

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