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Are Uber passengers changing to bike? Evidence from a natural experiment

PUBLISHED March 14, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2303p1077308)



Zombor Berezvai1 , Barna Bakó1 , Isztin Péter1 , Bálint Németh1 , Enikő Zita Vigh2
  1. Corvinus University of Budapest
  2. Research Institute of Agricultural Economics

Conference / event

47th Annual Conference of the European Marketing Academy, May 2018 (Glasgow, United Kingdom)

Poster summary

Our research aimed to investigate how the forced exit of Uber from the Budapest market impacted the usage of the local bicycle-sharing system (BSS). Using fixed-effect panel regression and historical data as counterfactuals, two main patterns arose. First, a portion of the regular BSS users (pass holders) combined BSS and Uber during their daily commuting (“temporal combination”); and their BSS usage dropped after the exit of Uber as they had to redesign their commuting habits. Second, more ad hoc users (ticket buyers) used the BSS after Uber left the market. This is a result of the reduction of available travelling options. The net effect showed a decline in BSS usage as most of the riders were generated by regular users. Results can shade new light on the benefits of Uber in cities.


Bicycle-sharing systems, Multimodal transportation, Panel regression analysis, Consumer behavior

Research areas

Business, Economics and Finance, Architecture, Design and Urban Planning, Statistics


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  1. Széchenyi 2020 program framework (No. EFOP-3.6.1-16-2016-00013)

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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Copyright © 2023 Berezvai et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Berezvai, Z., Bakó, B., Péter, I., Németh, B., Vigh, E. Are Uber passengers changing to bike? Evidence from a natural experiment [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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