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Survey: Capital Bike Share Saved 5 Million Driving Miles

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 02:06 PM

Capital Bike Share on the streets in Washington D.C.

A new survey of Washington's Capital Bikeshare, done for Capital Bikeshare, says four in ten users report using cars less -- for an average savings of 523 miles for those users.

The survey's authors say that translates to a total of 5 million miles not driven.

But the survey also found that bike share users tend to be, "on average, considerably younger, more likely to be male and Caucasian, highly educated, and slightly less affluent" than the adult population of the Washington, DC area.

And even though the survey found most (56%) of trips were for non-work purposes, more than nine in ten bike share users are employed, compared to just seven in ten adults in the Washington region.

Other results:

* 64 percent said they would not have made the trip without bike share;

* 15 percent said they joined bike share because of a "Living Social" offer;

* More than half of respondents used bike share as a feeder to reach transit stops.

Lots of other interesting nuggets. You can read the full survey here.

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Comments [2]

tom

You should all read the report. If the sponsor had waited the numbers might be stronger, and the analysis not so pointed at how many driver only cars we are getting off-the-road(not many).
Hope the taxi industry doesn't get to read it. They're the big losers. I bet the reduction in VMT for taxis alone reduces congestion better than all the missing solo drivers.

Jun. 19 2012 06:34 PM
David

With the biggest bike share system in the US set to start very soon in New York, the danger of "dooring" is a bigger threat than ever. Please sign and pass on this petition to help mitigate the danger: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/106/660/535/demand-that-nyc-taxis-audibly-warn-passengers-about-dooring/

Jun. 19 2012 01:19 PM

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