Vancouver launched its public bike share program, Mobi by Shaw Go (Mobi), in 2016. The overall goal of Vancouver’s public bike share program is to create a system that is convenient for people to use for their daily trips and needs. From 2013-2018, the City of Vancouver and SFU’s CHATR lab partnered to evaluate uptake of Vancouver’s public bike share program and impacts on cycling. Recent research coming out of that work can be found here.
Since this time, the City of Vancouver and Mobi have implemented numerous changes to reduce barriers, enhance uptake, and make the system more equitable. The specific changes include:
The City of Vancouver approached Mobilizing Justice to evaluate the extent to which these initiatives have resulted in more equitable uptake of bike share in Vancouver. The three specific objectives are to:
This work will build off our past analysis on equity in spatial access to bike share across 5 Canadian cities by pilot lead Meghan Winters. The current analysis will evaluate whether the new stations added since 2018 has resulted equitable distribution of stations across neighbourhoods.
This work will build off our past analyses of demographic profiles of members, overall and for super-users. This updated analysis will look at overall trends in membership and usage across different population groups.
We also propose to do a series of interviews with people who deliver equity programs & people who receive them. This will allow us a richer understanding of the experiences of people who are equity program members, or the experiences of staff (both at Mobi and at partner organizations) who have been connecting with people who could potentially benefit from public bike share programs.
Cail Smith, City of Vancouver
Robert Pennings, City of Vancouver
Matej Mecar, City of Vancouver
Taylor MacVittie, Mobi by Shaw Go
Mia Kahout, Mobi by Shaw Go
Meghan Winters, Simon Fraser University
Kate Hosford, Simon Fraser University
Christine Yanagawa, Simon Fraser University