First Advisor

Kelly Clifton

Date of Award

Summer 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil & Environmental Engineering


Civil and Environmental Engineering




Bicycle sharing programs, Local transit -- Ridership -- United States -- Statistics, Local transit stations -- United States, Choice of transportation, Street-railroad stations




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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A research project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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