Influence of Electronic-Docking Stations on China's Dockless Bikesharing Programs: Evidence from Beijing

Dockless bikesharing programs operated by companies such as Mobike and Ofo have gained considerable popularity among Chinese residents since August 2016. However, the convenience of dockless bikesharing has been accompanied by a wave of misbehavior: Riders leave bicycles haphazardly along streets, snarling traffic and cluttering sidewalks. To address the issue of disorderly parking, electronic-docking stations have been proposed and tested by governments and operators in some Chinese cities. Riders need to pick up and return shared bikes at those electronic-docking stations, which directly increases riders' access and egress times. The authors study the influence of electronic-docking stations on dockless bikesharing programs, and measure riders' heterogeneous preferences toward electronic-docking stations. The authors conduct a stated preference survey and combine a mixed logit model and regression models to address the research questions. The authors mainly find: (1) The choice probability of riding a dockless shared bike drops about 8-10% when access time or egress time increases by 5 minutes, and drops about 4% when rental fee increases by 0.5 yuan; (2) The fraction of riders interested in dockless bikesharing programs is close to 100%, while launching electronic-docking stations reduces this number to 88%; (3) Riders are willing to pay about 1.02-1.14 yuan to save access time or egress time by 5 minutes; (4) Riders indifferent to the introduction of electronic-docking stations include those who are above 26 years old and those with monthly income less than or equal to 8,000 yuan, and those who often shop online.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ABE90 Standing Committee on Transportation in the Developing Countries.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Yang, Xiaofang
    • Jiang, Hai
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Pagination: 8p

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  • Accession Number: 01697401
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-04532
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:26AM