Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Bicycle sharing programs -- Effect on local transit, Bicycle commuting, Transportation -- Environmental aspects
Bicycling and bike-share have been growing in US cities as transportation alternatives. Despite impressions that bikeshare systems exist solely for tourism, recreation or privileged users, research has shown that bike-share is becoming a transportation mode used by a diverse set of users for various transportation needs. Additionally, a positive relationship has been established between bike-share and transit although most studies on this matter have focused on systems outside the United States. Bike share and transit benefit each other by: (1) contributing to sustainable transportation goals by improving mobility and greenhouse gas reductions, (2) solving the “last mile” problem, (3) reduce overcrowding at a fraction of traditional capacity capital investments, and (4) extending the radius of influence of mass transit stations. While synergy between cycling and transit systems has been documented, the influence of bike-share and transit has been less covered. This study uses data gathered from 10 US cities to describe the effects bikeshare and transit have on each other. This project will explore the factors that are associated with increased bikeshare trips based on sociodemographic, built environment, and transit system characteristics and the magnitude of the effect of bikeshare on rail rapid transit boardings. Ultimately, it is of interest to address whether bikeshare linked to rapid rail transit stations has greater usage rates.
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Soto Padín, David, "Exploring the Relationship of Bikeshare and Transit in the United States of America" (2018). Civil and Environmental Engineering Master's Project Reports. 52.