A brief study exploring social equity within bicycle share programs

Often subsidized with public funds, it is expected that bicycle share programs be socially equitable, accessible to, and usable by all residents within their service areas. This study suggests simple indicators that can be used to assess equitability of bicycle share programs. The authors apply the indicators to membership survey and website marketing materials from bicycle share programs in three US cities. Descriptive analyses found bicycle sharers are largely educated, affluent, younger Caucasian males, a demographic that does not reflect the composition of bicycle share service areas. Website image analyses found that bicycle share users portrayed on program websites were more likely to be white (vs. non-white) but the distribution by sex and age was roughly proportional to the composition of bicycle share service areas. Findings suggest that bicycle share membership does not equitably reflect the communities where programs are operating, and that marketing communication practices may be a contributing factor.

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    • © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Abstract reprinted with permission of Taylor & Francis.
  • Authors:
    • Gavin, Kristin
    • Bennett, Aronté
    • Auchincloss, Amy H
    • Katenta, Anna
  • Publication Date: 2016-5


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  • Accession Number: 01666511
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2018 3:09PM