Bike share: a synthesis of the literature

Fishman, Elliot, Washington, Simon and Haworth, Narelle (2013) Bike share: a synthesis of the literature. Transport Reviews, 33 2: 148-165. doi:10.1080/01441647.2013.775612

Author Fishman, Elliot
Washington, Simon
Haworth, Narelle
Title Bike share: a synthesis of the literature
Journal name Transport Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-1647
Publication date 2013-03-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/01441647.2013.775612
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 148
End page 165
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper begins by providing an overview of bike share programs, followed by a critical examination of the growing body of literature on these programs. This synthesis of previous works, both peer-reviewed and gray, includes an identification of the current gaps in knowledge related to the impacts of bike sharing programs. This synthesis represents a critically needed evaluation of the current state of global bike share research, in order to better understand, and maximize the effectiveness of current and future programs. Several consistent themes have emerged within the growing body of research on bike share programs. Firstly, the importance bike share members place on convenience and value for money appears paramount in their motivation to sign up and use these programs. Secondly, and somewhat counter intuitively, scheme members are more likely to own and use private bicycles than nonmembers. Thirdly, users demonstrate a greater reluctance to wear helmets than private bicycle riders and helmets have acted as a deterrent in jurisdictions in which helmets are mandatory. Finally, and perhaps most importantly from a sustainable transport perspective, the majority of scheme users are substituting from sustainable modes of transport rather than the car.
Keyword Bicycle
Bike share
Public bicycle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
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