Department or Program

Environmental Studies


In sustainable urban transportation efforts, social justice is often overlooked as guiding principle. Instead, attempts are made to retrofit equity onto a system once it has already been implemented as an afterthought. In an increasingly robust mode of urban transportation, bikeshare, research has identified inequity in the service as an issue, as well as the most prominent barriers preventing certain groups from utilizing bikeshare. In order to contribute to this growing body of research, I analyze efforts to incorporate equity into existing bikeshare systems by comparing the efficacy of such initiatives in Citi Bike (NYC) and Capital Bikeshare (DC). Through this analysis, I explain which approaches are most beneficial in making bikeshare a sustainable and just transportation option for all residents of a city. The results that emerged from this evaluation provide replicable lessons for other cities that aspire to build more equitable bikeshares.

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Francis Eanes

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

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