How D.C. Wants to Use Bike-Share Data to Improve Equity

Electric scooter and dockless bike-share services are being adopted more readily by residents of D.C.’s low-income and majority black neighborhoods than regular bike share, according to an analysis of District Department of Transportation data.

Data company Populus used its Mobility Manager platform to evaluate information from operators like Lime, Bird, JUMP, and Spin and found African-American residents 2.6 times more likely to use the new dockless services than the city-sponsored bike-share program. It also found greater availability of dockless vehicles in neighborhoods across the city.

D.C. partnered with Populus beginning in July on a pilot looking to better understand the distribution and availability of vehicles across the city.