Balancing Bicycle Sharing Systems: A Variable Neighborhood Search Approach

  title={Balancing Bicycle Sharing Systems: A Variable Neighborhood Search Approach},
  author={Marian Rainer-Harbach and Petrina Papazek and Bin Hu and G{\"u}nther R. Raidl},
We consider the necessary redistribution of bicycles in public bicycle sharing systems in order to avoid rental stations to run empty or entirely full. For this purpose we propose a general Variable Neighborhood Search (VNS) with an embedded Variable Neighborhood Descent (VND) that exploits a series of neighborhood structures. While this metaheuristic generates candidate routes for vehicles to visit unbalanced rental stations, the numbers of bikes to be loaded or unloaded at each stop are… CONTINUE READING
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