Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first “needs good cycling vibes” business on Bloor.
Hodo Kwaja (656 Bloor West, at Manning), a Korean bakery, seems to think it’s terrible that there are bike lanes on Bloor. The owner is distressed that there is slightly less street car parking (yes, there is a Green P lot right behind the store) and that less customers are coming in.
(I personally find this personal anecdote doubtful and non-reliable because the Bloor lanes are not even finished yet, and the owner seems to be basing his observation on what… a few days of business? The Bloor bike lane pilot is going to last a full year.)
So, if you are in the mood for some yummy Korean baked goods, visit Hodo Kwaja on Bloor (streetview), carry in your bike helmet, let them know it’s your first time there and that you’re shopping on Bloor BECAUSE the bike lanes are there.
While most business seem willing to give the lanes a chance, others have already made up their minds.
“It’s terrible. Just terrible,” said Jong Sik Lee, who owns a Korean bakery near Bloor and Bathurst. With no parking nearby, he says fewer people are coming in.