You know, I’d like to see the income data from these businesses that are groaning about the absolutely wonderful new Bloor bike lanes.
Since only about 10% of shoppers on Bloor get there by car, even if you made it *impossible* to park anywhere near Bloor, their business would only go down about 10%. However, only about half of the on-street parking disappeared, and there are 860 (!!!) off-street spots in the area (parking lots).
So, if their business is *really* done 40% over the last 6 weeks, is it the bikelane, or their business being horrible? Was August a high month for sales and October a low month, because *every* August is high and *every* October is low?
Anecdotes to NOT equal evidence.
Previous research by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation found that only 10 per cent of visitors to the Annex arrive by car. If numbers were similar in Korea Town, it would suggest that the removal of on-street parking would have limited impact.
While the jury may still be out on the lane’s effect on businesses, it appears to be popular with riders. Last month advocacy group Cycle Toronto counted 893 bicycles in the lane during a two-and-a-half-hour morning period, an increase of almost 300 per cent compared to three years ago.