This report is the first UK wide survey of public bike share.
The survey found that bike share is attracting more people to cycle and provides a snapshot of who uses bike share and the way they use it.
Key trends show that increasing numbers of women are using bike share, and that people combine it with public transport. A significant number of people switched journeys from cars to bike share bikes, which has a direct impact on congestion and emissions.
Bike share gets women cycling
Proportionately more women use public bike share than ride their own bikes. Only 25% of cycle trips on personal bikes (cyclists riding their own bikes) are made by women, but 42% of people riding shared bikes are women. 50% of all those surveyed started to cycle or increased the amount they cycle as a result of the bike share scheme.
Bike share is a part of public transport
The survey showed that people use bike share for parts of trips made by public transport – 40% use bike share and the train and 20% use bike share and the bus in the same journey.
The results indicate that bike share is an important tool to help to normalise cycling and provide the last mile extension to public transport.
Download the report.
Download the survey questions.
Thanks to Conor Walsh from the University of Leeds for his analysis of the survey data.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the 2017 survey please contact chris(at)bikeplus.org.uk.