Good on the Mayor for staying the course and wanting to collect actual evidence about the success of the Bloor bike lane instead of relying on one-off anecdotes from maybe 2 store owners.
Also, props to the Metro newspaper for including early on in the article that while 135 parking spots were removed from Bloor to make it safer, 860 still remain.
Mayor John Tory says he won’t rush to judgment on the Bloor St. bike lane, after some business owners complained that the new cycling facility is hurting their sales.
As Torstar News Service reported Monday, some store owners in Koreatown are blaming the separated cycle track for a drop in business, citing the reduction of on-street parking.
The lane was installed in August as a one-year pilot project. It required removing roughly 135 parking spaces on Bloor, but there are still about 860 spaces in parking lots adjacent to the route.