Bike Share: A Study In Suitability Analysis
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Bike share systems are a rising trend in multi-modal transportation, involving automated kiosks where bikes can be checked out at one location and returned to another. Urban form can affect the utility of bike share systems to those in a community given the spatial characteristics of the region. This thesis considers an analytical framework that could be useful to smaller urban centers. To this end, a multi-criteria framework for assessing the suitability of urban areas for bike share programs is proposed that accounts for the spatial distribution of a variety of factors. Columbia, Missouri has many factors important to a successful bike share program, including existing bicycle infrastructure, programs designed to teach bicycle safety and awareness, and a large college student population. The suitability analysis framework developed in this thesis is applied to identify, not only the areas of Columbia that would potentially have the highest potential demand for bike share stations, but actual points to be used as candidate sites for a facility siting location problem. Results indicate that five areas of Columbia exhibit high levels of suitability.
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