Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SB-27. Public Transit and Bikesharing

In the last five years, as biking has increased in popularity, bikesharing programs have become widespread in North America. Bikesharing is a service in which bicycles are made available for individuals to use on a very short term basis. Like transit, bikesharing offers a more energy efficient alternative to single occupancy automobiles. It can thus serve as a complementary mode, a first mile/last mile solution, and a stand-alone mobility option. An increasing number of transit agencies have developed cooperative arrangements with bikesharing programs to strengthen the relationship between the modes. The implementation and integration of bikesharing programs can sometimes present challenges to transit agencies. Some transit agencies view bikesharing as competition for potential transit customers; others view it as an opportunity and as a catalyst for transit use. A synthesis study highlighting different approaches that have been used and specific initiatives that might be pursued will prove invaluable for transit agencies, bikesharing providers and communities. The goal of this synthesis is to provide a better understanding of cooperative transit and bikesharing relationships and to document the experiences of transit systems with bikesharing as a mode. This synthesis will document the current state of the practice and identify challenges and lessons learned through a literature review, survey of representative providers of bikesharing and public transit, and documentation of selected case examples/profiles.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SB-27

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Performing Organizations:

    Toole Design Group

  • Principal Investigators:

    Eldridge, Roswell

  • Start Date: 20160527
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180101
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40899

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01601670
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SB-27
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2016 1:00AM