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Monday, March 26, 2012

Bike lanes bad for business?

Posted on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

So once again local businesses are crying out against installing bike lanes in our city. Agricola business owners are convinced that installing bike lanes will ruin the economic viability of the area. They all say "Bike lanes take up precious parking spots that would-be shoppers need to park and shop." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Exploring a city on a bike opens up a world of possibilities; it allows people to get in touch with their environment. It’s also really easy to hop on and off, eat, shop and explore!

What we should do is close a section of the street off to cars and open it up to just pedestrians and bicycles! When streets were closed to cars in Zurich, store owners worried about losing business, but the opposite happened — pedestrian traffic increased 30 to 40 per cent, bringing more people into stores and businesses.

Come on Halifax! It's time to get a proper transit and bicycle strategy going forward! It's 2012 for bike sakes!!!! —Local Bicycle Friend

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