This research report titled “Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business: A Study of Bloor Street in Toronto’s Annex Neighbourhood” published by the Clean Air Partnership in February 2009 shows that removing on-street parking to install a bicycle lane or widened sidewalk would likely increase not decrease commercial activity.
A summary of the findings:
- only 10% of visitor survey respondents drive to the Bloor Annex neighbourhood
- even during peak periods no more than 80% of paid parking spaces are in use
- patrons arriving by foot and bicycle visit the most often and spend the most money per month
- there are more merchants who believe that a bike lane or widened sidewalk would increase business than merchants who think those changes would reduce business
- patrons would prefer a bike lane to widened sidewalks at a ratio of almost four to one; and
- the reduction in on-street parking supply from a bike lane or widened sidewalk could be accommodated in the area’s off-street municipal parking lots
Study highlights infographics designed by Clara Romero from planningAlliance.