Sarah Barth January 21 2017
More women are cycling thanks to bike share schemes, according to the industry’s representative body.
Bikeplus says that their surveys show bike sharing has taken a slice out of other transport models, including cars and taxis.
The charity says this is encouraging news and helping to impact on toxic emissions.
Bikeplus manager Antonia Roberts told BikeBiz: “Although we’ve suspected for some time that bike-share schemes have great benefits, we’re now able to demonstrate how bike share encourages cycling, improves travel, and shifts people out of cars, making them happier and healthier in the process.”
Around a quarter of all bike share journeys are made by women, but 42 per cent of the people using shared schemes are women.
“The results indicate that bike share is an important tool to help to normalise cycling and provide the last mile extension to public transport,” said Roberts.
We reported how a bike hire scheme for Brighton was finally underway at the end of last year, following years of debate.