Barriers and facilitators to public bicycle scheme use: a qualitative approach

Fishman, Elliot, Washington, Simon and Haworth, Narelle (2012) Barriers and facilitators to public bicycle scheme use: a qualitative approach. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 15 6: 686-698. doi:10.1016/j.trf.2012.08.002

Author Fishman, Elliot
Washington, Simon
Haworth, Narelle
Title Barriers and facilitators to public bicycle scheme use: a qualitative approach
Journal name Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1369-8478
Publication date 2012-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.trf.2012.08.002
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 6
Start page 686
End page 698
Total pages 13
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore barriers and facilitators to using CityCycle, a public bicycle share scheme in Brisbane, Australia. Focus groups were conducted with participants belonging to one of three categories. Group one consisted of infrequent and non-cyclists (no bicycle riding over the past month), group two were regular bicycle riders (ridden a bicycle at least once in the past month) and group three was composed of CityCycle members. A thematic analytic method was used to analyse the data. Three main themes were found: Accessibility/spontaneity, safety and weather/topography. The lengthy sign-up process was thought to stifle the spontaneity typically thought to attract people to public bike share. Mandatory helmet legislation was thought to reduce spontaneous use. Safety was a major concern for all groups and this included a perceived lack of suitable bicycle infrastructure, as well as regular riders describing a negative attitude of some car drivers. Interestingly, CityCycle riders unanimously perceived car driver attitudes to improve when on CityCycle bicycles relative to riding on personal bicycles. Conclusions: In order to increase the popularity of the CityCycle scheme, the results of this study suggest that a more accessible, spontaneous sign-up process is required, 24/7 opening hours, and greater incentives to sign up new members and casual users, as seeing people using CityCycle appears critical to further take up.
Keyword Bicycle
Bike share
Focus group
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
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