Of course it makes intuitive sense that active transportation users and bus commuters would frequent retail businesses more often than those constrained by vehicles. But it is always better to have the hard facts on this data, and researchers in the City of London England have done just that.
Transport for London (TfL) in Great Britain has released a new study with some staggering statistics about what happens when street improvements are made to facilitate walking and cycling. Time spent on retail streets increased by 216% between shopping, patronizing local cafes and sitting on street benches. Retail space vacancies declined by 17%. London’s Business Improvement Districts are 90% in favour of more street improvements to facilitate pedestrians, and 85% in favour of better facilities for cyclists.
But the best news, and this is also in line with research conducted in Toronto and in New York City “people walking, cycling and using public transport spend the most in their local shops, spending 40% more each month than car drivers”. Read more »