Bike share : a synthesis of the literature

Fishman, Elliot, Washington, Simon, & Haworth, Narelle L. (2013) Bike share : a synthesis of the literature. Transport Reviews, 33(2).

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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 grey, 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 non-members. 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.

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ID Code: 58276
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: public bicycle, bicycle, bike share, transport, sustainable, cities
DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2013.775612
ISSN: 1464-5327
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article that has been accepted for publication in the journal, Transport Reviews © 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Transport Reviews is available online at:
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2013 22:17
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 18:39

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