As bike sharing systems are proliferating in cities across the US, and early systems in Boston and Washington, DC are coming of age, we examine the different metrics on which bike share programs can be evaluated. What does bike share success mean? Financial self-sufficiency, or even profitability? Improved mobility? Improved public health? Reduced GHG emissions? How can we measure the cultural impact of bike share? Or should we simply be concerned about operational success--keeping the trains running on time.
Objectives: Participants will learn about the different methods of evaluating bike sharing systems, and what each method can tell us. Analysis of the Hubway bike share system will be presented, based on ridership, survey, and operational data. Participants will be encouraged to think critically about the goals of urban bike share programs, and whether current systems are meeting those goals.