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Bicycle mode share in China: a city-level analysis of long term trends

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  • Zhibin Li

    (Southeast University
    Southeast University)

  • Wei Wang

    (Southeast University)

  • Chen Yang

    (Shanghai City Comprehensive Transportation Planning Institute)

  • Haoyang Ding

    (Southeast University)

Abstract

In the past 15 years, cities in China have experienced big changes in socioeconomic and traffic conditions, resulting in a long term change in bicycle use. This study aims to quantify the changes in bicycle mode share in Chinese cities and explore the potential causes. Based on data from 51 cities, it is found that bicycle mode share at the city level decreased gradually in the past. Conventional bicycle mode share decreased with a rate of 3 % per year, but electric bicycle mode share increased with a rate of 2 % per year. The correlations between city features such as demographics and built environments and bicycle mode share at different city sizes are compared. The generalized linear models are estimated to relate the changes in the share of different trip modes to various city-level factors. The results show that the bicycle mode share in a city is impacted by factors including city area size, population density, number of cars, percentage of local road mileage among all roads, and trip purpose. Possible reasons for the changes in bicycle uses in Chinese cities are explored and policy implications are discussed.

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  • Zhibin Li & Wei Wang & Chen Yang & Haoyang Ding, 2017. "Bicycle mode share in China: a city-level analysis of long term trends," Transportation, Springer, vol. 44(4), pages 773-788, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:transp:v:44:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s11116-016-9676-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s11116-016-9676-8
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