Using GIS-based Multi-Criteria Evaluation to target optimal terminal locations for a Bike Share Program in Guelph, Ontario
Sustainable transportation is a challenge that all cities need to consider in future planning as citizens shift to vehicles as their primary transportation. Implementing a Bike Share program increases mobility options, reduces traffic congestion, and improves the air quality within a city (Midgley, 2009). This report outlines the process of how Bike Share locations are implemented and distributed throughout a city by using both a network analyst and a Multi-Criteria Evaluation model. Relevant literature has been used to identify Bike Share program placement factors within the city of Guelph, Ontario. The current bike lane infrastructure in Guelph provides a stable base for adopting a Bike Share program and therefore can benefit citizens by creating reliable and alternative methods of transportation. This analysis resulted in 10 potential terminal locations within Guelph, Ontario.