Dynamic, multi- and intermodal bike sharing in agent-based modelling

Cornelia Hebenstreit*, Martin Fellendorf

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Negative effects of traffic, like congestion, air and noise pollution are among the reasons why environmentally friendly solutions are promoted. Bike sharing (bs) is intended to strengthen cycling and public transport. Nevertheless, current
transport models rarely consider cycling or even bs, in either detail or holistically. In this paper we present an agent based approach to model cycling and in particular bs within the multimodal simulation environment MATSim.
Multimodal trips combining public transport and bs are included as well as within day rescheduling of bs trips as agents may not find a bike or empty return space (parking spot). To minimize such cases, choice probabilities were implemented, so that agents only start their bs trip, if sufficient bikes or parking spots are available. The modules presented in this paper were applied using a MATSim model of the city of Vienna. Agent based bs modelling is an inexpensive option to test the impact of a bike sharing system before implementation
Translated title of the contributionDynamisches, multi- und intermodales Bike-Sharing in der agentenbasierten Modellierung
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationInternational Journal of Traffic and Transportation Management
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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