PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2017, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (6): 762-773.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2017.06.011

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Research progress on bikesharing travel based on CiteSpace

Kai1i LIANG1,2(), Xiaoshu CAO1,3,4(), Xiaoyan HUANG3,4   

  1. 1. School of Geography and Tourism, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710062, China
    2. National Demonstration Center of Experimental Geography Education, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710062, China
    3. Center for Land Resource Research in Northwest China, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710062, China
    4 Institute of Transport Geography and Spatial Planning, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710062, China
  • Online:2017-06-20 Published:2017-06-20


Bikesharing as a new mode of public transport has experienced a rapid development globally. This study combined the method of knowledge map analysis and traditional literature research analysis to examine existing studies on the subject. Using the CiteSpace software, we derived data on highly cited literature, keywords, important research areas, key authors and journals, and hotspot countries in the field of bikesharing. The existing research has the following features: (1) The research contents and research methods are diversified. The research topics focused on user characteristics, bikesharing travel characteristics, factors influencing bikesharing travel, and the impact of bikesharing on health, the environment, and other modes of transport. (2) Users in different areas have different socioeconomic and travel characteristics. The purpose of travel is related to the spatial and temporal patterns of bikesharing travels. (3) The main factors influencing bikesharing use are users perception, the weather, and the built environment. The development of bikesharing has had a positive influence on transport system, the environment, and citizens health. (4) Future development of bikesharing in China should emphasize improvements in the operation, management, services, and promotion of the systems.

Key words: bikesharing, CiteSpace, travel characteristics, influencing factors