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Modelling bike-sharing choice in a developing country with a focus on the impacts of air pollution and weather conditions

Li, W; Kamargianni, M; (2016) Modelling bike-sharing choice in a developing country with a focus on the impacts of air pollution and weather conditions. In: Proceedings of the 14th World Conference on Transport Research. World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS): Shanghai, China. Green open access

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Abstract

Developing countries are facing increasing challenges to make urban mobility sustainable and more specifically to tackle the continuously growing air pollution and congestion caused by rapid increase in car ownership. As part of a broad strategy to achieve sustainable urban mobility, bike-sharing service can help reduce car use, especially in city centre area. There is currently a lack of knowledge in developing countries about the factors affecting bike-sharing choice, hindering policy making to effectively improve existing bike-sharing schemes and launch more schemes. This research investigates the factors affecting bike-sharing choice in China with a particular focus on the impacts of air pollution and weather conditions. Multinomial logit model is used to analyse transport mode choice behaviour based on the short-distance stated preference data collected in the case study city, Taiyuan, which currently operates the most demanded bike-sharing scheme in China. The results confirm the strong and significant impacts of air pollution on bike-sharing usage as well as other exposed alternatives such as walk and electric bike. Thus, it is concluded that tackling air pollution can create a virtuous circle to deliver sustainable urban mobility. The impacts of a number of other factors are also found to be significant (e.g. trip purpose, travel cost, age, income and educational level etc.) and can lead to corresponding policy implications.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Modelling bike-sharing choice in a developing country with a focus on the impacts of air pollution and weather conditions
Event: 14th World Conference on Transport Research
Location: Shanghai, China
Dates: 10 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.wctrs-society.com/
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, Weather conditions, Discrete choice model, Mode choice, Stated preference, Developing country
UCL classification: UCL
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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/1502222
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