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How Dockless Bike Sharing Changes Lives: An Analysis of Chinese Cities

Dockless bike-sharing (DBS) systems have experienced unprecedented growth in China since 2016. The surge of increasing cycling benefited people in multiple ways. However, the poorly managed DBS fleets and unsafe road facilities resulted obstruction and chaos to urban streets.

This report aims to investigate how DBS changes people’s travel behavior and assesses its impacts on public health, carbon emissions, road safety, and urban management in 12 Chinese cities. By doing so, cities can better understand the benefits DBS can generate and encourage the DBS service by setting up clear rules on DBS management to let users have convenient access and implementing safer infrastructure.

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