On August 8, 2016, Dandyhorse published a post authored by TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea about the danger that on-street parking poses to cyclists on major arterial streets. TCAT’s previous research has looked at the potential economic impact of bike lanes on Bloor Street in the Annex in Toronto and found that the vast majority (90%) of people shopping there are walking, cycling or taking public transit and the majority of merchants believe a bike lane will increase their business, even if they lose on-street parking. With TCAT’s current study underway, and with the the pilot bike lane on Bloor currently being installed, we will soon have data to measure and understand more about the actual economic impact.
“We can’t say for sure (yet) if bike lanes are good for business, but we do know that cyclists are good customers. All we ask is for business owners to keep an open mind when it comes to street design. We all win if our local business thrives in a street environment that is safer for all.”
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