Smart Cities that have active and growing Bike Share Schemes create urban environments that are healthier, with less congestion and better placed to manage growing populations.
In 2016, 1.7 billion people or 23% of the world’s population lived in a city with at least 1 million inhabitants, according to the United Nations. By 2030, that will grow to 27%. Urbanisation is continuing to grow and that puts strain on transportation networks.
Public Transport in its current state is already stretched and cities are often challenged to fund new projects. With optimised Bike Share Schemes, cities can encourage citizens to cycle and avoid crowded transport systems.
As more Smart City initiatives are deployed, cities become data-rich environments that can benefit Bike Share Schemes. The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and a growing number of connected devices deployed across a city will only expand the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Bike Share Schemes and transportation overall.
Expanding data sets managed with AI can deliver results that directly benefit riders and influence how a city functions and grows.
All cities can benefit from an AI-driven Bike Share Scheme but as smart technologies are rolled out widely, the depth of data will grow. Operators benefit from new and increasingly precise insights while riders will see Bike Share Schemes optimised in new ways.
With AI, operators can ensure a well-run Bike Share Scheme that offers:
A Cleaner Transport Option:
For cities to help tackle climate change and deliver a better environment for citizens to live in
Healthier and Happier Riders:
Through daily exercise
Effective First & Last Mile Solution:
Since it can be significantly cheaper and faster than other public transport options for short distances
Reduced Strain on Infrastructure:
As less people are using public transport that requires continuous upkeep and maintenance
More Investment in Cities:
With less need for maintenance and new projects, Smart Cities can use funding on other much needed transport infrastructure such as cycling lanes and incentives
Manage Rising Transport Demand:
With increasing urban-dwellers, cities can offer more transport options with a Bike Share Scheme to accommodate this rise
City’s Brand Image:
Can be shaped by a cycling culture, supporting tourism and other thriving economic industries
Bike Share Schemes are like no other modes of transport. It offers a viable transportation option to many crowded cities that deliver a range of benefits to both cities and its citizens.
To find out more about the benefits of Bike Share Schemes to operators, cities and citizens, read our full white paper on ‘How to Grow a Smart City Bike Share Scheme’.