University of Twente Student Theses


Bike Sharing in New York City: How the Citi Bike System serves Points of Interest

Fritz, Felix René (2017) Bike Sharing in New York City: How the Citi Bike System serves Points of Interest.

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Abstract:With an increasing popularity, bike sharing systems are getting deployed in many cities, offering alternative transport methods in cities with busy traffic and increase public health. Since 2013, Citi Bike operates in New York City and publishes usage data of the system online. This data was mined and the top 50 rides between two stations for three defined plateaus were aggregated. Based on these rides, this thesis investigates how the system is serving common points of interest. Every station was classified with up to three POI types describing it and its surroundings. An interactive application ( was built as a tool for and to assist with the research, with a map visualizing the top rides as a weighted graph, while offering insights into trip durations and times, user type distribution and user specific data such as gender and age. Strong relations were found between areas of housing and nearby transportation hubs. An overall increase in female ridership was noted. Popular rides among tourists are around Central Park, over the Brooklyn Bridge and alongside West Side Highway, and are found to be either in areas with less motorized traffic or dedicated bicycle lanes, similar to rides with a high female ridership.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:54 computer science, 55 traffic technology, transport technology, 74 (human) geography, cartography, town and country planning, demography
Programme:Advanced Technology BSc (50002)
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