Cycle Industry News)
18 May, 2018
Research by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has drawn up a five point outline of what themes tend to deliver a successful bike share scheme.
Badging the proliferation of bike share as ‘disruptive’ in too many cases, the sustainable transport org has studied the dockless schemes in 15 cities in 5 continents to draw its five best practice conclusions.
“Dockless bikeshare has a reputation for being a ‘disruptor,’ but that’s not necessarily what people need,” said ITDP Senior Research Associate Dana Yanocha, who wrote the policy brief. “The best transit innovations—especially those that are privately operated—offer riders convenient, affordable options for getting where they need to go. Local governments that have viewed dockless bikeshare as an extension of their transit systems and introduced some form of regulation have seen ridership flourish as a result.”
Guangzhou, one of the locations frequently in the media due to the large number of discarded dockless bikes, has 57 bikes per 1,000 residents. This, according to the research, is too high a ratio, with levels between 10 and 30 bikes per 1,000 tending to prove more successful. Dublin, with its 13 bikes per 1,000 residents and pioneering approach to regulation, is cited as an example worth highlighting.
Over 1,000 cities around the globe now offer some form of bike share, though schemes vary wildly in their success. In Singapore, Mobike earlier this week reported that it had helped the city double cycling’s modal share. Meanwhile, dockless schemes in Shenzhen, China have replaced an estimated 10% of car journeys and 13% of gasoline consumption.