International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

Evaluating the Bicycle-Sharing System in a Medium-Sized City Located in the South of Brazil
Paola Pol Saraiva, Lauro André Ribeiro, Alcindo Neckel, Richard Thomas Lermen, Juliano Lima da Silva

Abstract
Seeking new solutions to urban mobility problems, the City of Passo Fundo, located in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, recently implemented a bicycle-sharing system named "Passo Fundo: Vai de Bici (Goes by bike)". The general objective of this study is to analyze this new system and diagnose its performance on the first months of operation, as well to characterize the bicycle stations and their surroundings by trying to identify the regions with greater and lesser potential for cycling trips. Results presented in this work provide an initial overview of the operating system by highlighting the characteristics that influence the use of each station. They also present some possible future challenges, such as the need for stations in areas of the city that are not yet covered by this system, and stations that may receive more bicycles due to high demand. Finally, this study demonstrates how the surroundings influence either in a positive or in a negative way the use of the bicycle sharing service.

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