Modeling bike share station activity: Effects of nearby businesses and jobs on trips to and from stations

Xize Wang, Greg H Lindsey, Jessica E. Schoner, Andrew Harrison

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The purpose of this research is to identify correlates of bike station activity for Nice Ride Minnesota, a bike share system in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area in Minnesota. The number of trips to and from each of the 116 bike share stations operating in 2011 was obtained from Nice Ride Minnesota. Data for independent variables included in the proposed models come from a variety of sources, including the 2010 U.S. Census; the Metropolitan Council, a regional planning agency; and the Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Log-linear and negative binomial regression models are used to evaluate the marginal effects of these factors on average daily station trips. The models have high goodness of fit, and each of 13 independent variables is significant at the 10% level or higher. The number of trips at Nice Ride stations is associated with neighborhood sociodemographics (i.e., age and race), proximity to the central business district, proximity to water, accessibility to trails, distance to other bike share stations, and measures of economic activity. Analysts can use these results to optimize bike share operations, locate new stations, and evaluate the potential of new bike share programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number04015001
JournalJournal of Urban Planning and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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  • Accessibility
  • Bike share
  • Business
  • Station activity


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