Bike Share Access Improves Likelihood of Cycling

A Montreal, Quebec, study published in the American Journal of Public Health has revealed that residents living near bike share stations are more likely to travel by bicycle.

A Montreal, Quebec, study published in the American Journal of Public Health has revealed that residents living near bike share stations are more likely to travel by bicycle.

For the study, researchers conducted phone interviews during the launch of Montreal’s BIXI system, once more after the first season, and again at the end of the second season. BIXI service is seasonal in Montreal, with stations and bicycles removed in autumn, for the winter.

By the end of the second season, researchers found a significant increase in the likelihood of those surveyed to choose a bicycle – either a BIXI or their own – for their travel needs.


BIXI Montreal by the Numbers

Bicycles: 5,050

Stations: 405

Service Area: 28.9 square miles (46.5 square kilometers)

Population of Service Area: 380,000

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