Investigating users’ perspectives on the development of bike-sharing in Shanghai

Lyu, Y., Cao, M., Zhang, Y., Yang, T. and Shi, C. 2020. Investigating users’ perspectives on the development of bike-sharing in Shanghai. Research in Transportation Business and Management. 100543. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2020.100543

TitleInvestigating users’ perspectives on the development of bike-sharing in Shanghai
TypeJournal article
AuthorsLyu, Y., Cao, M., Zhang, Y., Yang, T. and Shi, C.
Abstract

High levels of car dependence have caused tremendous challenges for sustainable transport development. Transport planners, therefore, seek ways of replacing motor vehicles, as well as increasing the proportion of active travel. The bike-sharing scheme can be seen as an effective way of doing so, particularly in Asian cities. The aim of this paper is to investigate users’ perspectives on the development of bike-sharing using Shanghai as an example. Semi-structured interviews are used to examine the main factors motivating and impeding the development of the bike-sharing scheme in Shanghai. Our findings show that convenience, saving time and financial savings are the major motivations; whereas problems with bicycles being poorly maintained and abused by users, operational issues, financial issues and an unsuitable business model are the major obstacles. In addition, the findings also suggest that a public and private partnership could be the best option for running a sustainable bike-sharing scheme with clear areas of responsibility. Financial incentives, a bicycle-friendly infrastructure, regular operational management and supportive policies should be prioritised. In order to achieve the targets set by the Shanghai Master Plan 2035, transport planners and policymakers should integrate the bike-sharing scheme within the wider active travel system.

KeywordsSustainable transport development
Transport planning
Active travel
Bike-sharing
Transport policy
Shanghai
Article number100543
JournalResearch in Transportation Business and Management
ISSN2210-5395
Year2020
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rtbm.2020.100543
Web address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210539520300924
Publication dates
Published online08 Sep 2020

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