Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak on Bike Share Usage and Ridership: A Case Study in Houston

Public bicycle share systems have increased from operating in a few European cities to expanding in the United States at an increasing pace. During the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, people may opt to bike instead of riding transit to avoid exposure to the coronavirus. The goal of this project is to investigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on bicycling mode share. The research is developed based on the CAMMSE theme of addressing the FAST Act research priority area of “Improving Mobility of People and Goods.” The research is relevant to three CAMMSE research thrusts, “Innovations to improve multi-modal connections, system integration and security” and “Develop data modeling and analytical tools to optimize passenger and freight movements.” Specific project objectives include: (a) Identify potential attributes related to bike sharing demand, (b) Examine the trip distribution of bike share users throughout the four seasons of the year, and the different hour blocks of a day, (c) Model bike share station activity, (d) Examine and locate the dock stations in relation to potential demand, and (e) Investigate system users and impacts on the bike share.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $91308
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education

      University of North Carolina, Charlotte
      Charlotte, NC  United States  28223

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of North Carolina - Charlotte

      9201 University City Blvd
      Charlotte, North Carolina  United States  28223-0001
    • Project Managers:

      Fan, Wei

    • Performing Organizations:

      Texas Southern University, Houston

      3100 Cleburne Street
      Houston, TX  United States  77004
    • Principal Investigators:

      Azimi, Mehdi

      Qi, Yi

    • Start Date: 20211001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01784138
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747133
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Oct 4 2021 12:12PM