High Impact Prioritization of Bike Share Program Investment to Improve Underserved Communities’ Access to Jobs and Essential Services

Bike share programs have the potential to provide greater access to destinations for transit dependent households, low‐income households, and people of color, many of whom have an acute need for improved access to jobs and essential services. However, bike share programs as presently implemented often fail to serve these communities. Most of the current research on bike sharing focuses on the question of mode replacement: whether auto trips have been replaced with bicycle trips. There is virtually no research on how to design bike share systems for underserved communities. This research is developing a new spatial index that identifies potential bike share station locations with a high potential to provide service for underserved communities. The index will 1) Identify priority areas for bike share investment based on the state of bicycling infrastructure and the potential for increased job or essential service access by underserved communities using bike and bike to transit modes; 2) Inform the siting of bike share stations and investment in bike infrastructure to better assist underserved populations, and 3) Provide an estimate of the potential for improved job and social services access via bike‐to‐transit.

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