Converting On-Street Parking to Active Transportation in Toronto: Two Studies of Merchant and Patron Preferences

January 30, 2011

In 2008 and 2009, Clean Air Partnership (CAP) conducted two research studies on Bloor Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

These studies were designed to determine the public acceptability and potential economic implications of reallocating road space from on-street parking to widened sidewalks or bike lanes.

This new paper (PDF below) written by TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea summarizes the main findings of each. Overall support for changes in street use allocation was greater in the Bloor Annex neighbourhood than Bloor West Village. However in both neighbourhoods, the majority of merchants believed that changes to accommodate an increase in pedestrian or cyclist infrastructure would increase or would not change their daily number of customers.