Date of Award

Fall 12-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Urban and Regional Planning


School of Urban and Regional Planning

Major Professor

John L. Renne, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Catherine Lowe, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Peter Newman, Ph.D.


As cities worldwide plan for increasing urbanization levels, new challenges in mobility will arise. Any approach taken to address these new issues will need to consider how to move more people with declining resources, thus the need for a sustainable solution arises. This thesis examines the growing trend of cities creating public bicycle systems as a means to add sustainability to a transportation system and identifies what are the criteria and indicators of a sustainable public bicycle. The criteria and indicators are used to examine data collection techniques of three Public Bicycle Systems in the United States: Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., Nice Ride in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Denver B-Cycle in Denver, Colorado.


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