User-based Approach for Rebalancing Dock-less E-Bike-Share Fleet: Efficiency and Environmental Benefit

One major issue in bike-share operations is a spatial mismatch between demand and supply. One common strategy to fix the mismatch is to rebalance the bike fleet by truck, but the more trucks operators use to meet the demand, the more vehicle miles of travel (VMT) the system produces, offsetting the VMT reduction benefit from bike-share system. Another rebalancing strategy, an incentive approach, involves the operator incentivizing the user to take a bike to the undersupplied area by offering a reward of some sort. Unlike the truck-based strategy, this strategy does not produce additional vehicle-related emissions. The strategy has been implemented in some docked bike-share services, but the potential on a dock-less e-bike-share system is unknown. This dissertation examines the potential effect of the incentive approach on the bike-share use and its benefits, focusing especially on VMT reduction. The principal investigator will conduct behavior research needed to develop apply an agent-based model and then apply this model to test the effectiveness of different configurations of an incentive strategy. The findings will provide a basis for developing promotional and operational strategies and policies that enhance the beneficial out comes of dock-less e-bike-share.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $30000
  • Contract Numbers:

    DOT 69A3551747114

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Managing Organizations:

    University of California, Davis

    1 Shields Ave
    Davis, California  United States  95616

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Iacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of California, Davis

    1 Shields Ave
    Davis, California  United States  95616

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fukushige, Tatsuya

    Handy, Susan

  • Start Date: 20211001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01776457
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DOT 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 12 2021 1:58PM