Modern Analysis of Bike Sharing Feasibility

By Sofia Vidalis, Fazil Najafi, Dain Chernick, James Jackson, James Parker and Scott Ryland.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The addition of a bicycle sharing program into an urbanized environment can have many societal benefits. These benefits include increased personal and communal health as well as a decrease of harmful effects on the surrounding environment. Greenhouse gas emissions and gasoline consumption will be reduced because of fewer cars on the roadways. This, coupled with an increase in bicycle usage will generate a more communal sense of well-being and cleanliness. However, the implementation of such a program does not come free of charge. In this paper, the various costs associated for a successful system are analyzed in detail such as the cost to the individual and the cost to the city or university. The individual has the potential to save money when compared to other forms of available transportation. The safety of the individual users is addressed along with solutions of how to ensure their well-being by reducing the interaction between vehicles and cyclists. Finally, various programs already in place as well as past programs that have failed are analyzed. The most modern programs have embraced technology to not only increase security, but also create a more accessible system for riders who want to get around short distances with less cost, live healthier lifestyles, and make an impact on green transportation. Recommendations are made with regard to the execution of programs in different settings. Various cities and universities will have to overcome various obstacles such as existing infrastructure to meet the needs of the users and to maintain successful operation. Specifically, the University of Florida is an ideal place to implement a bicycle sharing program. The existing infrastructure offers a model environment to ensure the safety of the users as well as to sustain a lasting program. Given the conditions at the University of Florida, a bicycle sharing program will be a particularly beneficial investment.

Keywords: Bicycle, Sharing, Safety, Environment, Network, Sustainable, Health, Infrastructure, Emissions, Cost

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 11, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.520MB).

Dr. Sofia Vidalis

Assistant Professor, Structure Design and Construction Engineering Technology/Civil Engineering, Pennsylvania State Harrisburg, Middletown, PA, USA

Dr. Vidalis is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Penn State Capital College in Harrisburg, PA. She earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She has worked with Florida Design Consultants for a couple years as a Transportation Engineer. Her current research focuses on quality assurance in pavement construction and materials, construction management, and transportation planning and operations.

Dr. Fazil Najafi

Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Dr. Najafi is a professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He earned his BSCE from the American College of Engineering, Kabul, Afghanistan, and his BSAE, MS, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has worked for 35 years in government, industry, and education. Besides teaching during the last 14 years, Dr. Najafi has conducted research, has been a participating member of several professional societies including ASEE, has published numerous refereed and non-refereed articles, and has presented many technical papers to international, national and local organizations.

Dain Chernick

Student, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Dain Chernick is a senior civil engineering student at the University of Florida in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.

James Jackson

Student, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

James Jackson is a senior civil engineering student at the University of Florida in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.

James Parker

Student, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

James Parker is a senior civil engineering student at the University of Florida in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.

Scott Ryland

Student, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Scott Ryland is a senior civil engineering student at the University of Florida in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.

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