Build it; they come; business follows; and people turn around.
Vancouver’s separated bike lanes have attracted new people in new demographics to travel by bicycle.  But now, based on members’ opinions, Vancouver’s top business association has solidified their bike lane support and used terms like “evolution” and “competitive edge” to explain their reasoning.  Perhaps other business groups (Commercial Drive — are you following this?) will take note.


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Tina Lovegreen on CBC News covers a story that regular PT readers know already.  But this tangible landmark move signals a big step.  The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), led by CEO Charles Gauthier, has partnered with Hub Cycling to the tune of $ 15,000 per year as a platinum member.

Gauthier said many employers, especially those in the tech sector, are interested in office spaces that accommodate different types of transportation, such as cycling or car sharing.
“They want those options available so it’s easy for their employees to get to work by bike or transit or to be able to walk to work,” Gauthier said.  “Parking of private vehicles is less of a top priority and building owners want to attract those employers,” he said.
“I think it provides us with a competitive edge.”
. . .   Gauthier said there might be a few retailers that won’t be pleased with the move to support cycling, but he said those businesses that rely on street parking will most likely move out and be replaced by other tenants.  That’s what happened on Hornby Street when the bike lanes were built there, said Gauthier.