Insight into Montreal's Bikesharing System

In the summer of 2009, Montreal launched the BIXI. Within a few weeks, it has gained popular attention and phase 2 of the deployment, which was initially planned in 2010 was launced. This year, with its 5,000 bikes and increasing number of members, the system cannot solely rely on good intuition to increase its performance. This paper provides insight into the quantitative life of a fast-growing system. It proposes a set of indicators aiming to objectively describe the state of the main objects of the system in space and time: bikes, stations, members, anchor points and trips. It relies on data gathered during three months of operation during the summer of 2009 (July, August and September). First analyses show that regular members and occasional users have different behaviors, the former accounting for 67.8% of the studied trips. Results also show that bikesharers do between 1.7 and 2.1 trips per day. On typical weekdays, 72.6% of the trips are due to members while this proportion decreases during week-ends. Results show that stations face various states that require balancing transfers and that these seem to be related to spatial location. Systematic and continuous assessment of object-related indicators will help better understand supply and demand and propose efficient operational and planning strategies.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The DVD lists the title of this paper as: Insight into Montreal Bikesharing System.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

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    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Authors:
    • Morency, Catherine
    • Trepanier, Martin
    • Godefroy, Francois
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2011


  • English

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  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Monograph Title: TRB 90th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01332861
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 11-1238
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 21 2011 2:13PM