Honolulu has worked in recent years to improve its biking infrastructure, Seitz said, but it’s playing catch-up with other cities
. It has about half the share of bike commuters as Minneapolis and ranks 12th in the census survey.
Studying in Honolulu dissuaded Seitz of the notion that biking participation was related to climate. “It was eye-opening,” she said. Here, people bike in winter because “the city is built for it.”
Van Santen, who uses the Cedar Lake Regional Trail and Midtown Greenway, likes “that added feeling of safety” that trails separated from traffic provide, especially in winter