How does our natural and built environment affect the use of bicycle sharing?

Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina, Bean, Richard, Corcoran, Jonathan and Pojani, Dorina (2016) How does our natural and built environment affect the use of bicycle sharing?. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 94 295-307. doi:10.1016/j.tra.2016.09.015

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Author Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina
Bean, Richard
Corcoran, Jonathan
Pojani, Dorina
Title How does our natural and built environment affect the use of bicycle sharing?
Journal name Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0965-8564
1879-2375
Publication date 2016-12-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tra.2016.09.015
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 94
Start page 295
End page 307
Total pages 13
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract Public bicycle-sharing programs (PBSP) are short-term bicycle hire systems. In recent years their popularity has soared. This study examined Brisbane’s CityCycle scheme, the largest PBSP in Australia, and investigated the role of (natural and built) environmental features on usage. The study addressed four research questions: (1) What are dynamics of PBSP use in terms of travel time, speed, and distance? (2) What is the relationship between PBSP participation and cycling infrastructure? (3) How does land-use affect PBSP usage? (4) How does topography affect PBSP usage? To answer these four questions, the authors analysed large existing datasets on CityCycle usage, land-use, topography, and cycling infrastructure, which were each obtained through multiple sources. Correlation and regression analysis were employed to establish significant relationships amongst variables. It was found that: most users take short trips within the free initial period provided under the CityCycle scheme and do not incur any charges other than for membership; PBSP use is strongly correlated with the length of off-road bikeways near each CityCycle station; CityCycle is more frequently used on weekends and for recreational purposes; loop journeys, which are also associated with leisure trips, are popular in Brisbane, especially on weekends; leisure trips are taken at a relatively slower pace than utilitarian trips; during weekdays, a trimodal peak is clearly evident, with PBSP commute trips in the morning and evening peaks and a smaller but significant peak around lunchtime; and users avoid returning CityCycle bicycles to stations located on hilltops. These findings can collectively enhance both the siting and design of PBSP, thereby optimizing investments in sustainable mobility.
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