How Bike Share Supports Access to Work, Skills, Education or Training

Bike share offers a pay-as-you-go, reliable, flexible A to B, transport solution which complements public transport and improves health and well-being.  Bike share supports access to work, training and education in the following ways:

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  • Job creation: By directly creating jobs in operational and marketing functions as well as often supporting local charities or CIC offering training to long term unemployed and youth offenders
  • Access to work: Bike share offers last mile connection from bus and rail stations2,3 to employment sites especially for those unable to afford a car or their own bicycle. Or those without anywhere to store their own bike at home.
  • Help for the unemployed: Bike share membership is a low cost, flexible, healthy support mechanism for those without work to help them access job opportunities.
  • Relieving parking and congestion problems: Bike share supports new developments or allows sites to add new jobs without creating additional pressure on parking spaces or local roads4.
  • Economic development: Bike share stimulates economic growth in a number of ways which in turn creates further employment opportunities
    • Cyclists spend more money in city centres that those travelling by car5,6
    • Bike share draws visitors to tourist attractions through a fun, flexible fast and affordable travel mode.
    • Bike share can reduce travel times7
    • Cyclists have increase productivity, are healthier and take less time off8,9

Notes – further evidence available in the Bikeplus guidance –Evidence for the Benefits of Bike Share)

  1. Both nextbike and hourbike typically partner with local charities for operational support.
  2. 56% of users in Dublin combined bike share with train and 35% with bus travel. (Murphy & Usher 2015)
  3. Bike share usage was higher at London docking stations near transport hubs (Goodman & Cheshire 2014)
  4. 11% of Oxonbike users would have done the same trip by car if the bike share scheme was not available (OXON bike survey 2014
  5. Visiting cyclist spends on average £25 / day locally compared to a car borne visitor’s £7.30 as they can’t bring what they need with them and feel hungrier. European Cycling Federation.
  6. A study in Minnesota reported an extra spend of US$1.20/user/week in proximity of bike share stations. (Buehler & Hamre 2014)
  7. Speed and convenience were main reasons for joining the bike share scheme. (TfL 2015)
  8. Absenteeism is reduced by 0.4 days off per year by those who cycle (or walk) (DfT)
  9. 68% of users had not cycled for their current trips prior to the launch of Dublinbikes & 63% who owned their own bike said they purchased it as a result of using the scheme. (Murphy & Usher 2015)

This document was compiled by Bikeplus, February 2016