Bikeshare Benefit a Mixed-Bag for Low-Income Communities


By Charles Pekow — The Bikeshare Destination Choices and Accessibility among Disadvantaged Communities study cited “a lack of research exploring whether individuals from disadvantaged areas actually improve their accessibility by using bikeshare as a transport mode. Moreover, a greater understanding of the destination choices of bikeshare trips among disadvantaged populations is needed, which would help confirm the connection between bikeshare and accessibility, and the extent to which bikeshare is used to access desired places and opportunities.”

Greenbike, Salt Lake City’s bike share, expanded 300% recently including this new station in the Central 9th area. Photo by Dave Iltis

But the authors from the University of California, Davis write that users from low-income communities often need to travel further and therefore get hurt by surcharges for keeping bikes longer than 30 minutes.



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