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Comparing the performance characteristics of the Public Bike-Sharing Systems of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

Schilte, Paul (2020) Comparing the performance characteristics of the Public Bike-Sharing Systems of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

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Abstract:The shift from individual motorized transport to more sustainable transport has been one of the main topics for many transport planners in the past decades. One of the emerging developments that are partly contributing to moving towards low carbon mobility are Public Bike-Sharing Systems (PBSS). One of the advantages of these systems is that they reduce congestion, which also implies less greenhouse gas emissions. Besides, choosing the bicycle over the car improves the physical health of the user. A PBSS is recognized by the solid stations from which the user can unlock a bicycle, cycle to the desired destination, and lock the bicycle to another dock close by. In recent years, the available systems have been exponentially growing all over the world and so has the academic interest to research these systems. However, the majority of the PBSS are found in Europe, North-America and Asia. Correspondingly, most of the academic research about PBSS comes from these areas. One of the countries where PBSS are relatively new in Brazil. Therefore, little research about the use of such systems in Brazil has been performed. Currently, there are seven bike-sharing systems operated by TemBici. The PBSS of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are the main subjects in this research. The research objective in this thesis is: To examine the spatial inequality in user access to the Public Bike-Sharing Systems of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, investigate the possible factors that influence the average station departures in these systems and explain the differences between the two systems.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81930
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