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CBC News: Bloor bike lane report highlights changes for cyclists, drivers, businesses

Posted on October 12, 2017

As for shoppers, some 90 per cent of those surveyed said they arrived without a car. However, 33 per cent of those who did use their vehicle to get to Bloor reported difficulty finding parking, up from eight per cent one year earlier. However, one-in-four customers who drove to Danforth Avenue shops, where street parking… Read more »

U of T News: U of T researchers play important role in City of Toronto’s Bloor Street bike lane evaluation

Posted on October 12, 2017

Savan was the research lead for a portion of the evaluation that looked at the economic impact of the Bloor Street bike lanes, working alongside Steven Farber, assistant professor in the department of human geography, Lee Vernich, research manager at Dalla Lana, and U of T students. The study was in partnership with the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, the… Read more »

Dandyhorse: Report shows Bloor business is flourishing with new bike lanes

Posted on October 11, 2017

Bloor Street, in the vicinity of the bike lane pilot project, is economically healthy and experiencing growth, according to a new report released on October 11, 2017, by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT). This new research provides strong evidence that since most customers do not drive to Bloor, on-street parking is not essential… Read more »

Treehugger.com: New study of Toronto bike lanes shows they are good for business and safety

Posted on October 11, 2017

Through a door-to-door merchant survey and a pedestrian intercept survey, this study found that most merchants reported an increase in the number of customers, most visitors reported spending more and visiting more frequently, and that vacancy rates are stable. Read full article here.

Metro: What you need to know about the Bloor bike lanes

Posted on October 11, 2017

There were rumblings from businesses owners that the lanes would hurt them. But the report found the opposite to be true. The city worked with the Bloor Annex BIA and the Korea Town BIA on an economic impact study. A door-to-door survey of businesses and pedestrians found most businesses actually reported an increase in the… Read more »

Toronto Star: Extensive pilot project proves value of Bloor bike lanes: Cressy, Layton

Posted on October 11, 2017

Interviews of shoppers show us that 90 per cent of those coming to the pilot area are coming by foot, transit or bike and the amount of money people spend has increased since the pilot started. Vacancy rates have stayed the same and the number of customers has increased. Read full article here.

Toronto Star: Bloor bike lanes should stay: city report

Posted on October 11, 2017

The bike lanes necessitated the removal of a significant number of on-street parking spots, which some local business complained hurt their sales. The report found no negative economic impacts, however. In a survey, local merchants actually reported a growth in the number of customers. 90% – visitors to Bloor who don’t arrive by car 18%… Read more »

Torontoist: Bloor Street bike lanes and the business of road safety

Posted on October 11, 2017

Without the positive sales numbers documented in the city report for Bloor (based on a comprehensive economic study by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation), however, the fate of the bike lane would be much more in doubt. The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee will make its own recommendation about the bike lane on October… Read more »

CTV News: Bike lanes brought more traffic to Bloor Street businesses, study says

Posted on October 11, 2017

A number of area businesses have raised concerns about the presence of the bike lanes, particularly as it pertains to customer parking and complications around deliveries. Tory said he is “very anxious” to ensure those issues are addressed but believes the majority of business owners have either a “neutral or positive” opinion on the bike… Read more »

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Business is Up on Bloor After Bike Lane, New Study Finds

Posted on October 11, 2017

  Bloor Street, in the vicinity of the bike lane pilot project, is economically healthy and experiencing growth, finds a new report released today by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT). The study looked at four economic indicators – customer counts, visit frequency, spending, and vacancy rates in the Bloor Annex and Korea Town… Read more »