From Mobike to no bike in Greater Manchester: Using the capabilities approach to explore Europe’s first wave of dockless bike share (2020)

Journal of Transport Geography

Authors: Graeme Sherriff, Mags Adams, Nick Davies, Luke Blazejewski


Globally, bike share schemes are an element of a rapidly changing urban transport landscape. Whilst many docked schemes are now embedded in cities around the world, the recent explosion of dockless systems provides an opportunity to evaluate claims that this form of shared mobility has the potential to alleviate common barriers to cycling, relieve congestion, boost low carbon travel, get people active, and reduce social exclusion. Drawing on a mixed methods study of 2270 online survey respondents and 27 interviews, all living in, working in or visiting Greater Manchester during a trial of dockless bike share, we explore the ways in which the technological, spatial and practical configuration of bike share schemes relate to a city’s infrastructure and existing cycling practices. We question assertions that bike share provision necessarily results in increased rates of cycling and enhanced social inclusion.


Davies, N., Blazejewski, L. and Sherriff, G., (2020). The rise of micromobilities at tourism destinations. Journal of Tourism Futureshttps://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JTF-10-2019-0113/full/html

Sherriff, G., Adams, M., Blazejewski, L., Davies, N., Kamerade-Hanta., D. (2020) “From Mobike to no bike in Greater Manchester: Using the capabilities approach to explore Europe’s first wave of dockless bike share” Journal of Transport Geography Special Issue 86 (Jun 2020) 102744 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102744  

Carson, H., Collins, L. and Davies, N.J. (2020) The Hills are Alive with. . . Many Different Folk! Rationalizing and Operationalizing a Professional Judgment and Decision-Making Approach within Nature Sports Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2020.1784768

Sherriff, G 2018, ‘Communication and governance challenges in Greater Manchester’s ‘congestion charge’ referendum’ , in:  Road Pricing: Technologies, economics and acceptability , Institute of Engineering and Technology, pp. 195-220. http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/46348

Davies, N. (2016) Who walks, where and why? Who walks, where and why? Practitioners’ observations and perspectives on recreational walkers at UK tourist destinations. Annals of Leisure Research, pp.1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2016.1250648

Davies, N. and Weston, R. (2015) Reducing car-use for leisure: can organised walking groups switch from car travel to bus and train walks? Journal of Transport Geography 48 (October, 2015), pp.23-29 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2015.08.009

Davies, Nicholas James (2012). What are the ingredients of successful travel behavioural change campaigns? Transport Policy. 24(3) pp.19-29 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2012.06.017

Davies, Nicholas J., Lumsdon, Leslie M. and Weston, Richard (2012) Developing Recreational Trails: Motivations for Recreational Walking. Tourism Planning & Development, 9 (1). pp. 77-88. https://doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2012.653480

Weston, R. & Davies, N. J. (2007) The Future of Transport and Tourism: A Delphi Approach Tourism and Hospitality Planning & Development, Volume 4, Issue 2 August 2007, pages 121 – 133 https://doi.org/10.1080/14790530701554157


Sherriff, G., Adams, M. D., Blazejewski, L., Davies, N., & Kamerade-Hanta, D. (2018). Bike Share in Greater Manchester. Available from http://usir.salford.ac.uk/48658/  

Davies, N. and Donovan-Togo, C. (2018) Talking the Walk: Understanding Active Travel in Ordsall http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/46839/

Sherriff, G 2017, ‘Seeing it from a cyclist’s point of view is totally different.’ : understanding the impact of cycling awareness training for HGV drivers , University of Salford, http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42933

Sherriff, G 2014, Communicating cycle training : Perceptions and experiences of adult cycle training , University of Salford http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/35778


Geography Directions blog – ‘Covid-19 and the changing geographies of exercise’ https://blog.geographydirections.com/2020/06/29/covid-19-and-the-changing-geographies-of-exercise/

Blazejewski, L., Davies, N. and Sheriff, G. (2020) E-Scooter Legislation: what you need to know- https://theconversation.com/e-scooter-legalisation-what-you-need-to-know-141820

Davies, N., Cornes, C. and Sherriff, G. (2020) How major cities are trying to keep people walking and cycling https://theconversation.com/how-major-cities-are-trying-to-keep-people-walking-and-cycling-137909

Sherriff, G., Blazejewski, L. and Davies, N. (2020) E-scooters: the impact their legalisation would have in the UK 18/02/20 https://theconversation.com/e-scooters-the-impact-their-legalisation-would-have-in-the-uk-131359

Blazejewski, L., Sherriff, G. and Davies, N. (2020) Harnessing the power of e-cargo bikes https://ciltuk.org.uk/Portals/0/DNNGallery/uploads/2020/5/28/FOCUS_EcargoBikes.pdf

Davies, N., Hayes, S., Blazejewski, L, Sherriff, G. and Cornes, C. (2020) Transforming Active Travel: Making Cities Healthier after the Covid Crisis https://flickread.com/edition/html/index.php?pdf=5ef9c726f1c4a#60

Book Chapters

Weston, R., Davies, N. & Guiver, J. (2015) ‘Cycle Tourism Development in the Peak District National Park, United Kingdom’, in Orsi, F. (ed.) Sustainable Transportation in Natural and Protected Areas, London: Routledge. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272400059_Cycle_Tourism_Development_in_the_Peak_District_National_Park_United_Kingdom

Guiver, J., Davies, N. & Weston, R. (2015) ‘Scheduled Bus Use in Natural and Protected Areas: Visitor Preferences and Service Design Issues’, in Orsi, F. (ed.) Sustainable Transportation in Natural and Protected Areas, London: Routledge. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272401402_Scheduled_Bus_Use_in_Natural_and_Protected_Areas_Visitor_Preferences_and_Service_Design_Issues

Sherriff, G 2014, ‘Voting on sustainable transport: communication and governance challenges in Greater Manchester’s ‘congestion charge’ referendum’ , Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 20 (12) , pp. 1507-1530. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2014.911267. (pre publication version http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33563)

Davies, N.J., Lumsdon, L.M. and Weston, R. (2011) ‘Health Motivations for Recreational Walking’ Studies on Mobility and Transport Research: Issue 3: “Transport and Health Issues” – Current frameworks, trends, implementations and perspectives https://www.academia.edu/1352453/Health_Motivations_for_Recreational_Walking