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A Seasonal Analysis on Factors Affecting Bike-Sharing Choice: With a Focus on Air Pollution's Impact

Li, W; Kamargianni, M; (2017) A Seasonal Analysis on Factors Affecting Bike-Sharing Choice: With a Focus on Air Pollution's Impact. In: 96th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. (pp. pp. 17-04281). Transportation Research Board Green open access

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Abstract

There has been a rapid expansion of bike-sharing schemes in developing countries. However, many of those were launched without the support of adequate demand-side research and hence failed to create the expected amount of usage. Given the increasingly significant urban transportation challenges in developing countries, such as congestion and air pollution caused by the continuously growing private vehicle usage, there is a great need to exploit the potential of the existing bike-sharing services. This research studies the mode choice behavior (including bike-sharing) in a developing country by analyzing revealed preference travel behavior data and incorporating seasonality influence on the factors affecting choice behavior. Specifically, the impacts of air pollution and other factors are captured in great details by revealing any impact differences under different natural environment conditions. A Chinese city Taiyuan, which operates one of the most successful bike-sharing schemes in developing countries, is selected for case study. Two discrete choice models are developed to analyze the data collected in two different seasons. The results show that an increase in air pollution level has the expected significant negative impact on bike-sharing choice only when the air is polluted at relative severe levels. The results also show that many trip-related factors and socio-economic factors would also affect mode choice behavior differently under different air pollution levels and weather conditions. Based on the findings, a number of policy implications are drawn for promoting the demand for bike-sharing in developing countries.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: A Seasonal Analysis on Factors Affecting Bike-Sharing Choice: With a Focus on Air Pollution's Impact
Event: 96th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, 8-12 January 2017
Location: Washington DC, US
Dates: 08 January 2017 - 12 January 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/175528.aspx
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Bike-sharing, Air pollution, Seasonality, Mode choice, Discrete choice model, Revealed preference, Developing country
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059748
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