First UK bike share survey shows more women cycling

The first UK wide survey of public bike share was published by independent shared transport charity, Bikeplus.

The survey found that bike share is attracting more people to cycle and provides a snapshot of who uses bike share and the way they use it.

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Key trends show that increasing numbers of women are using bike share, and that people combine it with public transport. A significant number of people switched journeys from cars to bike share bikes, which has a direct impact on congestion and emissions.

Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus Manager said:

“Although we’ve suspected for some time that bike share schemes have great benefits, we’re now able to demonstrate how bike share encourages cycling, improves travel, and shifts people out of cars, making them happier and healthier in the process.”

Bike share gets women cycling

Proportionately more women use public bike share than ride their own bikes. Only 25% of cycle trips on personal bikes (cyclists riding their own bikes) are made by women, but 42% of people riding shared bikes are women. 50% of all those surveyed started to cycle or increased the amount they cycle as a result of the bike share scheme.

Bike share is a part of public transport

The survey showed that people use bike share for parts of trips made by public transport – 40% use bike share and the train and 20% use bike share and the bus in the same journey.

The results indicate that bike share is an important tool to help to normalise cycling and provide the last mile extension to public transport.

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The Bikeplus Public Bike Share Users Survey Results are available online.

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Bike share in the UK

  • 17 towns and cities have public bike share schemes, with at least another 4 in development including Brighton and Cardiff
  • 16,413 bikes are shared in the UK, of which 13,868 are in London
  • There are 138,802 casual users and members of bike share schemes in the UK
  • In 2015 there were 10 million bike share journeys with numbers of trips growing year on year

About Bikeplus and Carplus

Bikeplus is a new representative body for bike sharing which aims to optimise the benefits of cycling by supporting the growth of an effective widespread network of shared bikes.

Bikeplus and Carplus promote accessible shared transport including car clubs, shared bikes and 2+ car sharing.

We work to change the way people travel to reduce the environmental impact of transport and improve access to transport for all. We support and encourage measure that promote car clubs, car sharing, bike sharing and other shared mobility schemes which complement public transport, cycling and walking to provide affordable and flexible travel.

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