E-Bikes' Effect on Mode and Route Choice: A Case Study of Richmond, VA, Bikeshare

Bikesharing systems across the United States are embracing electric-assist bikes (e-bikes) in their fleet of docked and dockless bikes to address physical and mobility barriers to biking. E-bikes allow riders to traverse upgrades and accelerate with less exertion. Despite this known benefit, there is a lack of understanding in how travel behavior changes after the introduction of e-bikes. In spring 2019, RVA Bikeshare is fully converting their bike fleet from traditional to e-bikes. Using global positioning system (GPS) data 6 months prior and 6 months following the deployment of e-bikes, this study will determine the effect of e-bikes on mode and route choice decisions. This study will be able to segment mobility factors from safety factors and will provide recommendations on bike infrastructure place and route guidance.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $133407
  • Contract Numbers:

    Grant No. 69A43551747123

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Urban Mobility & Equity Center

    Morgan State University
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
  • Performing Organizations:

    Morgan State University

    1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
    Baltimore, MD 21251, Maryland  United States  21251

    University of Maryland, College Park

    3112 Lee Building
    College Park, MD  United States  20742
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chavis, Celeste

  • Start Date: 20190919
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210228
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01711284
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Urban Mobility & Equity Center
  • Contract Numbers: Grant No. 69A43551747123
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2019 11:42AM