Articles | Volume 3
10 Jun 2022
 | 10 Jun 2022

Effects of traffic perturbations on bike sharing demand – a case study of public transport strikes and protests in Paris

Stefan S. Ivanovic and Ross Purves

Keywords: traffic perturbations, protests, public transport strike, bike sharing, spatial-temporal analysis

Abstract. This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of the interactions between traffic perturbations and bike sharing use. More specifically we propose a framework for comparative spatial temporal analyses of public transport strikes and massive protests effects on bike sharing program in Paris. We find opposite effects on bike sharing demand due to public transport strikes and protests. The former causes a considerable rise in bike sharing demand particularly during the daily rush hours, while the latter precipitates a drop of activity constantly during the protest day. Our approach allows tracing bike sharing demand changes induced by traffic perturbations on an hourly level.