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Online and App-Based Carpooling in France: Analyzing Users and Practices—A Study of BlaBlaCar

  • Susan ShaheenEmail author
  • Adam Stocker
  • Marie Mundler
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)

Abstract

This paper examines the characteristics and practices of ridesharing users in France. In May 2013, the authors surveyed members of BlaBlaCar, the largest online and app-based carpooling service in France, to analyze the sociodemographic characteristics and usage patterns of the respondents. The survey results identify correlations between socio-demographic characteristics and usage elements. Notably, users with a lower-income level are more inclined to be passengers, while higher-income users employ carpooling mainly as drivers. Students are shown to be more frequent users as well. These findings indicate some equity balancing effects, which may be unique to this shared mobility mode.

Keywords

Ridesharing Carpooling Travel behavior Socio-demographics Ordinal regression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Transportation Sustainability Research CenterUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Transportation Sustainability Research CenterUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Institut de Géographie et DurabilitéUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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