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Pedestrian, Bicycle and Transit Initiatives Are Giving a Boost to Businesses

 

Yet another report that making a street pedestrian, bike and transit friendly is a huge benefit to business:

The Bloomberg administration has long trumpeted the safety benefits of its many roadway initiatives, hoping to rebuff critics who consider the policies to be undue interventions from a meddling city.

And in a report unveiled on Wednesday, the city’s Transportation Department says it has identified another benefit to pedestrian plazas, bike lanes and a rapid-transit bus system: Businesses that operate nearby have seen a pronounced bump.

“These projects are not just about the quality of life or aesthetics,” Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner, said in a phone interview. “In case after case, these projects really do set the table for economic development.”

Read the full post: “Transit Initiatives Are Giving a Boost to Businesses, a Report Says” on the New York Times’ City Room .

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