The Report on Cycling in Major Chinese Cities in the Third Quarter of 2017 was released on October 10. Using cycling indexes as evaluation indicator, the report took 20 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Tianjin as samples and gave a comprehensive evaluation from perspectives of bike usage frequency, energy saving and emission reduction, contribution to health, parking facilities, service environment and social civilization.
The report shows that users of shared bikes differ greatly in activity on workdays and weekends. Take Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen for example, users are more active from Monday to Friday than on Saturday and Sunday. What’s more, the usage frequency of shared bikes is even during workdays but drops slightly on weekends. It indicates that shared bikes mostly serve the “last kilometer” of commuters.
The report also reveals that increased usage of shared bikes can effectively ease urban traffic congestion. Take first-tier cities for example, with the rise in shared bike usage, the traffic congestion indexes in these cities fell significantly. And there is a negative correlation between bike usage frequency and traffic congestion indexes. In other words, the more frequently shared bikes are used, the more obviously traffic congestions are eased. According to the performance of shared bikes in the third quarter, they eased the traffic congestion in Beijing most significantly, with a correlation index of -0.684, followed by -0.523 in Shanghai, -0.355 in Shenzhen and -0.335 in Guangzhou.
With more and more people traveling by shared bikes, the idea of green travel is promoted and more contributions to urban environmental protection are made by shared bikes. Shared bikes contributed more to energy saving and emission reduction in the third quarter than in the second quarter in cities, especially in second-tier cities. Beijing tops the list of energy saving and emission reduction contributed by shared bikes, followed by Chengdu, Nanjing, Xi’an and Tianjin.