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An environmental benefit analysis of bike sharing in New York City

Chen, Y; Zhang, Y; Coffman, D; Mi, Z; (2021) An environmental benefit analysis of bike sharing in New York City. Cities , Article 103475. 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103475. (In press).

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Abstract

Bike-sharing systems provide the public with more transport choices. To elaborate more effectively and comprehensively bike sharing's prospective contribution to urban sustainable development, a quantitative estimation of bike sharing's environmental benefits is performed through a case study of New York City's bike-sharing systems. Using a long-term series of big data, the environmental benefits of bike sharing in New York City are evaluated from a spatiotemporal perspective. Data on a total of 48 million bicycle trips between January 2014 and December 2017 are analysed. During 2014-2017, bike travellers saved 13,370 t of oil equivalent, and decreased 30,070 t of carbon emissions and 80 t of nitrogen oxides. Evaluation of gender dynamics reveals that men produced greater environmental benefits through the bike-sharing initiative.

Type: Article
Title: An environmental benefit analysis of bike sharing in New York City
DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103475
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103475
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 systems, Big data, Energy consumption, Carbon emissions, Nitrogen oxides, Gender
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10135792
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