Chapter 14 Docked and dockless public bike-sharing schemes: research, practice and discourse
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This chapter explores several questions related to bike-sharing. What are the characteristics of a successful public bike-sharing program? What are the characteristics and dynamics of the riders that use these systems? Beyond users’ own predilections and patterns, are there environmental characteristics that lead a system to succeed? What is the public discourse around bike-sharing? These are important questions because installing or adopting public bike-sharing requires significant public and/or private investment along with modifications to the urban environment. Understanding which factors enhance or hinder public bike-sharing is critical in helping cities anticipate how the local population will react and decide whether such a scheme is viable, before contemplating what design and siting will work best. Drawing on current knowledge, we discuss both docked and dockless bike-sharing systems.

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