Bike-share program is on a roll
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.