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Electrical shared bikes in Curitiba: infrastructural measures that lead to more users

Trommelen, W.W.T. (2017) Electrical shared bikes in Curitiba: infrastructural measures that lead to more users.

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Abstract:In this bachelor thesis, the new shared bike system in Curitiba is investigated, and advice for infrastructural measures that can lead to more users is given. First, a GIS analysis is done to see which of the shared bicycle docking stations have the most potential. Second, a survey is conducted to see what triggers and barriers people experience to use the system. Third, these survey results are used to determine statistics between the respondent’s characteristics and to see the differences in barriers experienced on the three research locations. Finally, these results are combined to give advice for infrastructural changes for the three research locations. GIS analysis to find potential docking stations 43 docking stations will be implemented this year in Curitiba. First, a calculation is made to determine which of these 43 docking stations are next to a BRT stop. 14 of the 43 docking stations will be next to a BRT bus stop. From these 14, for each docking station a calculation is made to see which other docking stations are easily reachable by bike, using information from shared bicycle systems in other cities. To calculate this, the bikeability index from Motta (2017) is used. The bikeability index is an 1-9 index with for each road of Curitiba, including the cycle infrastructure, safety, topography, mixed land use and residential density. It is not known how important these factors are on the probability of the bicycle use. Therefore, two scenarios are created: a scenario where the bikeability has not many impact, and a scenario where a worse index has more influence on the probability of the cycle route. From this GIS analysis, two docking stations in the center (Rui Barbosa square and Rua João Negrão) are selected for research. They seemed to have the most potentially reachable destinations. Also, a terminal (Terminal Cabral) is chosen, because this terminal has the most transfer possibilities. Therefore, on this location, the shared bicycles can be a feeder mode for the BRT lines. Investigating barriers and triggers that people experience to use the shared bicycle system The aim of this research is to find what infrastructural measures can lead to more users of the shared bike system. The GIS study helped to determine which bus stops have potential, but the location based factors should be found. Therefore, the next step of this research is to find what barriers people experience to use the shared bike system, and what motivates people to use shared bikes. A survey is conducted on the three bus stops that seemed to have the most potential. People were asked to say how important five barriers or triggers are for them: the price of the system, increasing or decreasing of travel time, traffic insecurity, cycle facilities and cycle paths. The cycle paths were rated as the most important trigger. The most important conclusions: Men, young people and higher educated people have the most potential to use the shared bike system. The non-electrical bike is more popular for all groups. Younger people relatively prefer the electrical bike the most, compared to the probability to the non-electrical bike. Infrastructural changes that can lead to a higher potentiality of the system Because the cycle paths seemed to be the most important trigger, for the Rui Barbosa square a design change recommendation is given, with additions in the cycle network. A suggestion for a simple addition is given, but also some ideas for more difficult additions are shown. For Rua João Negrão (Estação Tubo Central) a design change recommendation for adding this docking station to the cycle network of the city is given too. Bicycle lanes seems to fit the most. For Terminal Cabral, the general advice is that more docking stations are needed before the system can be used as a feeder mode for the BRT line from Terminal Cabral to the city center.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/74412
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