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Spatiotemporal Characteristics of Bike-Sharing Usage around Rail Transit Stations: Evidence from Beijing, China

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School of Civil Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
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School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore
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Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1299; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041299
Received: 30 December 2019 / Revised: 16 January 2020 / Accepted: 22 January 2020 / Published: 11 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Urban Transport Policy in the Context of New Mobility)
As an emerging mode of transport, bike-sharing is being quickly accepted by Chinese residents due to its convenience and environmental friendliness. As hotspots for bike-sharing, railway-station service areas attract thousands of bikes during peak hours, which can block roads and pedestrian walkways. Of the many works devoted to the connection between bikes and rail, few have addressed the spatial‒temporal pattern of bike-sharing accumulating around station service areas. In this work, we investigate the distribution patterns of bike-sharing in station service areas, which are influenced not only by railway-station ridership but also by the built environment around the station, illustrating obvious spatial heterogeneity. To this end, we established a geographic weighted regression (GWR) model to capture this feature considering the variables of passenger flow and the built environment. Using the data from bike-sharing in Beijing, China, we applied the GWR model to carry out a spatiotemporal characteristic analysis of the relationship between bike-sharing usage in railway-station service areas and its determinants, including the passenger flow in stations, land use, bus lines, and road-network characteristics. The influence of these factors on bike-sharing usage is quite different in time and space. For instance, bus lines are a competing mode of transport with bike-sharing in suburban areas but not in city centers, whereas industrial and residential areas could also heavily affect the bike-sharing demand as well as railway-station ridership. The results of this work can help facilitate the dynamic allocation of bike-sharing and increase the efficiency of this emerging mode of transport. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bike-sharing; rail transit station; spatiotemporal characteristics; GWR Bike-sharing; rail transit station; spatiotemporal characteristics; GWR
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Wang, Z.; Cheng, L.; Li, Y.; Li, Z. Spatiotemporal Characteristics of Bike-Sharing Usage around Rail Transit Stations: Evidence from Beijing, China. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1299.

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