Taming and Tapping the Bike Share Explosion

PI: Ron Pimentel (WSU), ron.pimentel@wsu.edu, ORCID: 0000-0001-7442-8649

Co PIs: none

AMOUNT & MATCH: $45,000 from PacTrans; $45,000 Match

PERFORMANCE PERIOD: 8/16/2018 – 8/15/2020

STATUS: Active

CATEGORIES: Bikeshare, Economics



FINAL PROJECT REPORT: will be available once completed

PROJECT DATA: will be available once completed

DESCRIPTION: The Pacific Northwest is experiencing an explosion of bike share systems (BSS). Every major city in the region has at least one BSS company operating and many cities are exploring how to effectively introduce or expand this new form of mobility.

While there is considerable promise for our region, we still lag far behind Europe. Serious barriers persist, which in some cities has included legal problems, negative public reaction, stress on the transportation system, and reluctance to using the system. Bike share systems are in the growth stage of the product life cycle, meaning that different formats are still being tried and an optimal solution has not been determined. There are options of docked systems or dockless systems. There are systems that are subsidized by municipalities and others that pay the municipalities to be allowed to run a BSS.

Reasons why people avoid commuting by bicycle are well documented. Bike share systems may alleviate some of those concerns, but introduce others. Also, electric scooters are being tried in some areas and may also both alleviate and introduce concerns.

Research Project Progress Report #1 4/10/2019
Research Project Progress Report #2 10/10/2019
Research Project Progress Report #3 4/10/2020
No Cost Extension Request 6/15/2020
Draft Report 6/15/2020
Final Project Report 8/15/2020