UIL analyzes the effect of different built environments on bike-share usage in nascent dock-based systems in three Texas cities. This study was recently published by the Journal of Planning Education and Research, which is one the top journals in the planning field.
Past research offers little insight as to whether elements associated with higher bicycle usage in major cities affect ridership in secondary, developing bike-share markets within lower density American cities. In Austin and Houston, a positive relationship emerges between bike-share usage and proximity to high-comfort bicycle facilities. All three cities demonstrated surprisingly minimal relationship between bike-share usage and other proven drivers of bicycling activity in urban areas, which may result from system design for leisure- and recreation-based trips.