Bikeshare Declined During the Pandemic, But Has Recovered


By Charles Pekow — Shared micromobility ridership took a big hit in North America during the first year of the pandemic but rebounded in 2021, according to a report from the National Association of City Transportation Officials. In 2021, “people took 47 million trips on station- based bike share systems, 62.5 million trips on dockless e-scooters, and 2.5 million trips on dockless bikes in the U.S.—a sharp contrast with 2020, when people took only 65 million trips across all shared micromobility modes,” says Half a Billion Trips: On Shared Micromobility Since 2010.

Bike share. Cartoon by Andy Singer

The pandemic caused a blip in growth of shared bike, ebike and scooter rides starting with a documented 321,000 rides in 2010, right after the concept was introduced. The 112 million rides in 2021 still fell below the peak of 136 million in 2019.



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