Car use decreases in cities with bike share systems, finds research
Bike share services are becoming more and more popular across the world, but one person’s spontaneous ride is another person’s commute to work, a study has highlighted. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in cities where bike share systems have been introduced, commuting by cycling increased by an average of 20 per cent whilst car use decreased, said Dafeng Xu, an assistant professor in the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance…
Xu found that in both share and non-share cities, the rate of bike commuting increased, while car commuting decreased, from 2008-2016. However, the rate of bike commuting – and the use of public transportation – was significantly greater in bike-share cities.