The impact of gasoline shortages on public bike-sharing systems

Xabier Barriola*

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Purpose: This paper aims to analyze the effect of a recent disruption of Mexico's gasoline supply chain on the usage of public bike-sharing systems in Mexico City and Guadalajara. Design/methodology/approach: The authors use a detailed data set to understand the usage patterns of Ecobici and Mibici. The authors assess both systems with a differences-in-differences econometric model using the least popular stations as a control group. Findings: The authors find that the number of rides increased significantly shortly after the event because less popular stations became more utilized. Social implications: The authors show that when the effects of gasoline shortages were noticeable, usage rates increased in Guadalajara and Mexico City, but the rise primarily came from the users selecting more bikes from the less popular stations. Therefore, the authors show that citizens in both cities regarded bike-sharing as an adequate means of transportation, maximizing system usage during a disruptive time. This finding suggests that cities should invest in improving public bike-sharing systems to reduce carbon emissions and increase their population's well-being. Originality/value: The authors use a publicly available data set to understand how citizens answered to a major disruption. Furthermore, this is one of the first papers that align supply chain risk management with sustainable transportation and analyzes its effects on citizen behavior in a Latin American setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-577
Number of pages17
JournalAcademia Revista Latinoamericana de Administracion
Issue number4
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Bike-sharing
  • Disruptions
  • Policy
  • Service design


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