“As part of the pilot project’s evaluation, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation is leading a study that will measure business owners’ perceptions, residents’ spending patterns, and storefront vacancy rates before and after the lane’s installation.
“I don’t think we’re going to be able to start making definitive judgments on what the bike lane has done until we start to see some of that data come in,” Layton said.
The councillor also warned against assuming the bike lane was the direct cause of any downturns to local businesses. Previous research by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation found that only 10 per cent of visitors to the Annex arrive by car. If numbers were similar in Korea Town, it would suggest that the removal of on-street parking would have limited impact.”
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