As announced in last week’s TCAT Special Events, the Clean Air Partnership recently released a research report titled “Bike Lanes, On-Street Parking and Business Year 2 Report: A Study of Bloor Street in Toronto’s Bloor West Village.”
A webinar that profiles the findings of the study is offered to the first 40 participants free of charge, and there are still a couple of spots available.
Date: March 30th, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time
The study report and webinar registration can be found here.
Background: This study was conducted as a follow up to similar research that CAP conducted in the summer of 2008 in the Bloor Annex neighbourhood in Toronto.
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.
In both neighbourhoods, walking is the dominant mode of travel (46% of the visitors surveyed in both study areas). Bicycling is more common in the Annex, and driving is more common in Bloor West Village. In terms of preferences in street use allocation changes, bike lanes are preferred over widened sidewalks in both neighbourhoods. In Bloor West Village, the preference of change to no change is almost equal, whereas in the Bloor Annex neighbourhood, surveyed visitors preferred change by a ratio of nearly 4 to 1.