Date published: July 02, 2018
Bike Share Schemes – we need your help!
All university staff and students are invited to take part in an online survey on bike share in Greater Manchester as part of a brand new programme of research on health active cities.
Researchers from the University of Salford are working with British Cycling and Transport for Greater Manchester on a study of dockless bicycle share schemes in the region. Greater Manchester’s long-term transport strategy focuses on radically increasing the number of trips made by low-carbon active modes of travel. It is argued that by switching journeys of 2 kms or less to walking or cycling, serious problems such as congestion and air pollution can be addressed and this aim has received high level support. The recent ‘Made to Move’ report by GM cycling and walking commissioner, Chris Boardman called for radical improvements in infrastructure and other measures to achieve this (The Mayor, Andy Burnham, pledged investment in facilities to promote more active travel in the region, at the GM Green Summit.
The cross-University project will involve a survey and interviews on cycling in general, and dockless bike schemes in particular, aimed not only at those who already cycle but also those who could benefit from more and better facilities for cycling. Drs Graeme Sherriff (SHUSU), Mags Adams (ELS), Luke Blazejewski, Nick Davies (both SOBE), and Daiga Kamerade-Hanta (Health and Society) are delivering the project. They aim to understand how the introduction of dockless schemes such as Mobike Ofo and others can influence the travel habits of residents and visitors to Greater Manchester and potentially get more people active for more of their journeys.
As staff and students of Salford University, a key target group of the survey, your responses would be extremely valuable. The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.