Washington Post Features Results from Studio Class on Dockless Bikeshare

This week the Washington Post featured results from our studio class on dockless bikeshare. Congratulations to our MURP students!

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Are dockless bikeshare systems changing Washington’s biking culture?

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CUTR Webinar on the Future of Public Transport

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Last week Dr. Kari Watkins (Georgia Institute of Technology) and I jointly presented a webinar for the Center of Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) on the future of public transport.

The two presentations were titled:

Does the Future of Mobility Depend on Public Transportation? (Download Handout)

and

Can Public Transportation Compete with Automated and Connected Cars? (Download Handout)

Here is a link to the recording.

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VT NCR Newsstory about Dockless Bikeshare Studio Class

Exploratory Virginia Tech study suggests dockless bikeshare attracts more diverse riders and may be more accessible in D.C.

An exploratory Virginia Tech study suggests that riders using Washington D.C.’s dockless bikeshare systems may be more ethnically diverse and that a larger share of dockless bike trips are taken in areas that are historically majority-minority compared to the share of trips by the traditional Capital Bikeshare system.

As commuters across the region participate in “National Bike to Work Week” this week, the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) continues to consider new sustainable transportation options for the District.

To better understand transportation equity of the District’s current bike-sharing networks, the DDOT turned to Ralph Buehler, associate professor of urban affairs and planning in the Virginia Tech National Capital Region, and a team of graduate students to compare the rider demographics and geographic accessibility of both the dockless bikeshare and Capital Bikeshare systems.

“As city planners consider new transportation options, dockless bike systems have the potential to reduce traffic congestion in urban areas and make it more convenient for people to ride bikes, increase physical activity, and improve public health,” says Buehler.

Research Findings

Racial/ethnic origin, gender, and other demographic data were looked at to evaluate differences between rider groups. Initial results of this pilot study suggest that dockless bike riders may be more racially diverse, have lower household income, and attract a higher proportion of women riders when compared to members of the Capital Bikeshare system.

Data also shows that dockless bike ridership is much higher in the afternoon than in the morning and that proportionally dockless bikeshare trips are more geographically dispersed than Capital Bikeshare trips. To read the full report, visit: here.

“This study is the first look at new transportation options in U.S. cities. Findings of this preliminary study offer an initial look at who is using it, where they are using it, and how it works. That will allow us to develop future studies and to assess effective transportation options in cities. Without research like this, we would not have an understanding of who the riders are and where the system goes,” says Buehler.

Interview
To secure an interview with Buehler, please contact Shannon Andrea in the media relations office at sandrea@vt.edu or 571-858-3262.

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New Article About the Future of Public Transport in the US

The Journal of Public Transportation just published my new article on the future of public transport.

Buehler, Ralph. 2018. Can Public Transportation Compete with Automated and Connected Cars?. Journal of Public Transportation, 21 (1): 7-18.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/2375-0901.21.1.2
Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jpt/vol21/iss1/2

JPT Buehler

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Same Media Mention in Four Newspapers Across the US

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Travelers are rethinking rental cars — here’s why

Chicago Tribune Travelers are rethinking rental cars – here’s why

Pit GazetteTravelers are rethinking rental cars – here’s why

Seattle TimesTravelers are rethinking rental cars – here’s why

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TRB and NHTSA Updates for 2018 Annual Meeting

*      Cooperative Research Program Update – Compilation of the most recent information about TRB’s Cooperative Research Programs.

*      Global Affiliates – TRB is seeking new organizational partners to join its Global Affiliates Program to help promote TRB’s mission of providing independent, objective, research-based solutions to improve transportation.

*      Ideas Deserving Exploratory Analysis – Brochure of information about TRB’s IDEA program.

*      Research Pays Off Flyer – An announcement that TRB is looking for articles showcasing specific benefits of research.

*      Special Reports – A listing of the most recent special projects or “policy studies” published by TRB.

*      TR News Flyer – TRB invites you to submit articles to its bi-monthly magazine as well as consider proposing to develop a theme issue.

*      TRB Webinar Proposals Brochure – Webinar suggestion forms are due March 15, 2018 for scheduling consideration between July 1 and December 31, 2018.

*      Young Members Council Update – Briefing of the latest announcements and activities from TRB’s Young Members Council.

*      Committee Communication Coordinators Update – An informational summary for you about the activities undertaken by the communications coordinators over the last year.

*      Committee Research Coordinators Council Update – An informational summary about the activities undertaken by the committee research coordinators council over the last year.

* NHTSA, Office of Behavioral Research & Office of Safety Programs, Ped & Bike Update TRB 2018

 

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Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center Faculty Spotlight

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The Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center – Region 3 University Transportation Center published the following research spotlight:

Ralph Buehler, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech. Travel Behavior: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approach to Developing Transport Policy.

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