Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Judith Tupper


Sustainability, Health Impact Assessment, Maine, Muskie School of Public Service


The findings of this project have shown the potential health impact for implementing a bike share program in Portland, including improved air quality and rates of physical activity for bike share users. The recommendations to create the most health-conscious bike share program include basic requests of the bike share vendors that will provide the program to Portland including: recommending the use of helmets, distributing bike share stations throughout the City, tracking bicycle crashes, tracking minutes of physical activity, etc. The findings and recommendations show the importance of a potential bike share program, while creating a program that is safe and accessible to people from all backgrounds.