Users of the system have benefited by increased mobility choices; non users have benefited by reduced crowding on Metro rail and bus lines; all riders in the city have benefited by an increased vigilance on the part of drivers–they give those red bikes a wide berth because the riders tend to be more casual in their riding habits; and all riders benefit because there’s nothing worse for our cause than empty bike lane and cycletracks.
The system currently has 11k members, and nearly 4k responded to a survey about their travel habits and preferences. Standout facts: >55% report a Masters or PhD level of education; at 80% of member are whites, while the general population is 53% white; and females are 43% of members, while the general population is 56%.
Select highlights from the 2013 Member Survey Report:
Bikeshare serves both work-related and personal travel needs – Seven in ten respondents reported that they at least occasionally use bikeshare for social/entertainment and errands/personal ap- pointments trips, 66% use bikeshare to go out for a meal, and 55% use bikeshare for shopping trips, all non-work purposes. But 58% of respondents use bikeshare to go to or from work and 40% use bikeshare “often” for this purpose. Since commuting is a frequent and required trip, bikeshare is serving a valuable basic travel function for members who commute by bikeshare.
Bikeshare members appear to have shifted some trips to bicycle from taxi, transit, and walking – A quarter of respondents increased their use of bicycling since joining Capital Bikeshare. By comparison, respondents reduced use of all other transportation modes; 50% drove a car less often, 60% use a taxi less often,61% ride Metrorail less often, 52% ride a bus less often, and 52% decreased their use of walking, suggesting some shifts to biking from other modes.
Bikeshare members who used Capital Bikeshare frequently reported the greatest reduction in use of non-bicycle modes – For example, 72% of respondents who made 11 or more CB trips in the past month said they reduced their use of Metrorail, compared with 47% of respondents who made one or two CB trips in the past month, a net additional reduction of 25 percentage points. The results are similar for other non-bike mode groups; the share of respondents who reduced use of a non-biking mode since they joined Capital Bikeshare increases steadily as their bikeshare use increases.
Bikeshare users do not mirror the adult population of the Washington metropolitan region – More than nine in ten survey respondents were employed, while the U.S. Census reportes only about seven in ten adults in the Washington region are employed. But bikeshare survey respondents also differ from the general employed population. Compared to all commuters in the region, they are, on average, considerably younger, more likely to be male, Caucasian, and highly educated, and slightly less affluent.