Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Bikeshare Usage by Rider Membership Status Across Selected U.S. Cities

Tung Vo, Natalia Barbour, Lori Palaio, Michael Maness*

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Bikesharing is a popular transportation mode for people to commute, for leisurely travel, or for recreation purposes in their daily tasks. Throughout 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on bikeshare usage in the United States. Previous studies show that the pandemic negatively affected bikeshare activity patterns. To examine the effects of the pandemic on bikeshare behavior across membership types, this study investigated trip volume-and trip duration patterns of both members and nonmembers of five bikeshare systems across the United States. The results showed that member ridership significantly decreased throughout the pandemic, but nonmember ridership tended to be stable. It was also found that trip durations increased across both groups throughout the pandemic. Additionally, inferences were made to determine the level of support for a reversion to prepandemic normality as the pandemic progressed and reopening occurred in phases. The findings from this study could benefit bikeshare agencies in developing postpandemic recovery strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransportation Research Record
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameTransportation Research Record
ISSN (Print)0361-1981
ISSN (Electronic)2169-4052

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • bicycle transportation
  • bicycles
  • bikesharing
  • human factors
  • modeling and forecasting
  • pedestrians


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