Brisbane City Council aims to have one in five trips taken by bike or on foot by 2030. To help achieve this goal, they initiated CityCycle, a bicycle share program, in October 2010.
Bike share programs allow users to rent bikes from stations throughout the city, providing an affordable alternative to driving and transit. Users may take the bike from one station to another, and, assuming the trip is less than half an hour, the ride is free after a membership payment.
Although inexpensive relative to other transportation investments, bike share programs are controversial in some cities. Little is known about how successful the programs are, which is why this new form of transportation needs further examination.
My research will analyze CityCycle’s first two years. I will look at how equitable, accessible, and efficient the program is. This analysis will help cities determine station placement and perform a cost-benefit analysis when considering a program.