Corona impact Is bicycle commuting increasing? Metropolitan area usage trend May 23, 14:12

After the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the data that the usage time and distance of the bicycle sharing service are increasing are gathered, and it seems that the number of people commuting by bicycle avoiding public transportation as an infection prevention is expected to increase.

The data was compiled by a major industry company that handles bicycle sharing services nationwide, based on usage trends in the 1 metropolitan area and 3 prefectures.

As a result, the number of times of use on weekdays last month when the emergency was declared decreased by 32% compared to March due to the refraining from going out.

On the other hand, the usage time per session was 70 minutes, which is an increase of 30% compared to 54 minutes in March.

Also, the travel distance per trip was 4.2 km last month, which is a 35% increase compared to March.

While the number of people working at home has increased due to the declaration of emergency, it is believed that among those who need to work, more people are commuting by bicycle to avoid public transportation to prevent infection.

A man in his 50s who was using the service in Nakano Ward, Tokyo, said, "I'm using a bicycle because I'm worried about 3 trains, so I think it's better to use a bicycle."

Akira Yokoi, president of "Open Street", which handles sharing services, said, "Data shows that people who used to ride a bicycle to the nearest station have increased their travel distance to their work place. That's the tendency. ”