Here’s a study that asks businesses along Bloor Street how they’d feel about losing parking for a bike lane.

Bloor bike lane study

The results are not what you’d likely guess:

 … Bloor Annex [in Toronto] is a very busy commercial corridor ….  The survey data shows that most business owners do not believe that the majority of their customers drive to their business. In fact, only 4% of businesses believe that more than 50% of their customers drive to their business, and almost three-quarters of businesses believe that less than 25% of customers drive to their business. Therefore, according to most merchants (71%), any change to the parking situation in the Bloor Annex would affect at most 25% of their customer base.

Bloor Street

“On the question of installing a bike lane and removing half the on almost 75% of businesses thought their business would improve or stay the same, while slightly more than 25% thought the change would bring in fewer customers.

“On the question of widening the sidewalk and removing parking, the results were almost the same, with only 25% of merchants believing the change would hurt business. The data shows that more merchants think that bike lanes and wider sidewalks would increase business than decrease it.”

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  2. Compare that to the outcry against narrowing Jarvis Street by removng the reversible lane down the middle (approved by TO City Council on Monday) – note how that’s removing one lane to create two bike lanes:

    Toronto Star Editorial:
    Don’t Narrow Jarvis
    http://www.thestar.com/article/639659

    Council Approves Jarvis Bike Lanes
    http://www.thestar.com/article/639881

    Critics don ‘Don’t Jam Jarvis’ shirts
    Bikes win in Jarvis overhaul
    City council backs removal of centre lane as critics predict backlash by voters

    http://www.thestar.com/article/640314

    Graphic of the plan here:
    http://multimedia.thestar.com/acrobat/a2/63/1b36ac714a278ff20b564f05535a.pdf

    Also of interest:

    Toronto Star series on Cycling in the City (see sidebar for others in the series):
    Cyclists vs. Cars: Part 1 of 4
    Toronto’s mean streets

    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/639204

    Mandatory bicycle licensing seen as fair
    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/639207

  3. Broken link alert: the link to the study at the top doesn’t work and I’d love to read the full study.

  4. I have to say….I’m a cyclist, and I would DEFINITELY hit up Bloor if there were solid bike lanes / less cars / etc. Till then, I won’t touch it!

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