Since June 2012, I have led a policy analysis research project on public bikeshare programs (PBSPs), which requires statistical and spatial analysis.
The rapid growth in PBSPs worldwide has left research gaps, particularly related to operational logistics, environmental and social benefits, and data from cities with historically low bicycle ridership. We offer a battery of metrics and present results on their application to Washington, D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare and Brisbane CityCycle. These metrics, which examine ridership trends, trip length, and neighborhood performance, initiate discussions on the policies that make for a successful PBSP. We found that providing helmets, reducing subscription price, expanding hours of operation, streamlining registration, and adding stations in suburbs with few or no stations leads to an increase in ridership.