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Spatial Analysis of Shared Bicycle Trip Data

Popov, D.O. (2022) Spatial Analysis of Shared Bicycle Trip Data.

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Abstract:Local Dutch authorities and transportation companies are actively trying to cut down the car usage in metropolitan areas in order to reduce congestion and promote sustainable transport modes instead. This is being done by increasing the capacity and optimizing the operation of public transit network as well as various alternative modes. Shared mobility is viewed as a service capable of partially solving the first/last mile problem, therefore its integration into the public transit network has been a promising research direction in the recent years. The primary focus of this report is on processing of a dataset containing origin-destination information collected by a shared bicycle service provider in Rotterdam in September 2021. The goal of the analysis was to extract the trip characteristics, determine the spatial clusters of service demand within the city and relate the usage of shared bicycles to the locations of public transport stations. The descriptive statistic has shown that the bicycles were primarily being used for short distance trips. The median travel distance was found to be 1.6 km, while the average travel time was just over 20 minutes. Most trips were completed during the day between 11:00 and 20:00 with no characteristic peaks, however a distinctive peak in demand during night time (between 23:00 and 01:00) at the weekends was discovered. The findings were partially inconsistent with related literature, however the observed patterns might have been influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The spatial analysis has demonstrated a high demand for the service in practically all regions of the city center, while on the outskirts “hotspots” could typically be found around various points of interest such as train stations, shopping malls and recreational spaces. It was consequently shown that nearly one third of all trips are not related to any form of public transportation, while the majority of trips that have originated or ended in the proximity of a transit stop serve a complementary role to the public transportation network.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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