Public bicycle share programs have the potential for positive health and environmental benefits. In order for these benefits to be realized, the programs need to be well used at the population level and contribute to increases in bicycling. This thesis aimed to understand demand for the Vancouver public bicycle share program among residents and the impact of the program on bicycling. We used data from a public bicycle share member survey and a repeat cross-sectional survey of Vancouver residents. As of Fall 2017, approximately 6.2% of Vancouver residents have used the public bicycle share program, and amongst non-users, nearly 1 in 4 indicate they are likely to use the program. However, we did not observe an increase in bicycling for those living and/or working inside the bicycle share service area relative to those outside the service area in the second season of program operation.
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Thesis advisor: Winters, Meghan
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