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Cyrille Médard de Chardon receives NECTAR award for PhD thesis

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Publié le mardi, 13 juin 2017

In his award-winning thesis “A geographical analysis of bicycle-sharing systems” Cyrille Médard de Chardon, from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, provides a critical reflection of bicycle sharing systems with in the context of urban transportation challenges.

Dr Médard de Chardon received the 2017 PhD award from the Network on European Communications and Transport Activity Research (NECTAR). NECTAR is a non-profit organization bringing together researchers in the field of transport, communication and mobility to foster collaboration between disciplines on contemporary social science issues. The biennial award, which was established in memory of Professor Piet Rietveld, recognizes high-quality research conducted by PhD students.

A critical reflection of bicycle sharing systems

Cyrille Médard de Chardon’s diverse methodologies provide a sobering analysis of the overhyped potential of bicycle sharing. His work suggest that the goals of bike-sharing systems are vaguely defined and yield limited outcomes relative to those promoted by decision makers and bike share businesses. Cyrille’s findings should help local authorities to improve public transportation policies to move beyond bike sharing towards more effective strategies facilitating utilitarian cycling.

What did the jury say?

The NECTAR PhD award jury recognized “the scope of methods and the broadness of the work [as] very impressive". The thesis work covers data collection and preparation, trip estimation, an evaluation of rebalancing strategies (getting used bicycles at the best location for the next user), an evaluation of the determinants of success of bicycle sharing systems, and finally offers a critical perspective on bicycle sharing systems from the viewpoints of politics, business and society.

With its focus on bicycle sharing systems, often hoped to help addressing urban transportation challenges by offering a more attractive, healthy and sustainable alternative to car use, the thesis addresses a theme of great societal relevance. It is even the more remarkable and admirable that the author clearly positions himself as an independent academic thinker, by offering a critical reflection on the potential of bicycle sharing schemes in playing that role in urban transport policies, and in identifying the limitations.”

The NECTAR awards presentation acknowledged the "scientific quality and academic rigor" of the thesis and considered publications in "journals as prestigious as Transportation Research Parts A and B, and Journal of Transport Geography… as objective signs of the academic quality of his work, confirming the Jury’s impression."

The NECTAR PhD award jury congratulated Cyrille on his work and hoped that the award would stimulate him to continue his excellent work.

Cyrille Médard de Chardon received his Phd in October 2016. He wrote his thesis under the supervision of professor Geoffrey Caruso, University of Luxembourg, and professor Isabelle Thomas, Université catholique de Louvain within a cotutelle agreement.