By Ryan McGreal
Published August 14, 2013
Interesting data from Seattle: after a recent road-diet project in which parking spaces were removed to make room for a bike lane, retail sales adjacent to the bike lane were compared before and after to see if there was any change. The results were also compared to the neighbourhood average.
Sales index jumped 350% after bike lane was introduced (Image Credit: Seattle Transit Blog)
Sales jumped 350% after the bike lane was introduced, compared to flat sales for the neighbourhood as a whole.
This is similar to results in New York City, where adding protected bike lanes resulted in significant business improvements, including higher sales and reduced commercial vacancies.
Business owners: please stop being afraid of bike lanes. They're actually good for your bottom line.
(h/t to StreetsBlog)
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