What do Austin, San Franscisco, Portland, Chicago and Washington D.C. have in common? Why, an expanding network of bike lanes, of course! Expanding the transportation options and improving access to commercial districts is gaining steam, and here at the Commercial District Advisor we are generally pleased with this trend. Creating and maintaining a network of bike infrastructure is one critically important way to help local businesses. But the issue is not always so clear cut in some places, and implementing interventions that may change the business environment for long standing businesses needs to be managed carefully. For many businesses whose customers historically arrive by car, the lack of immediately accessible and visible car parking, not to mention the challenges of managing deliveries when a bike lane takes us the space immediately in front of a store, are a legitimate concerns for some businesses. If existing customers find it less convenient to patronize a store, and the business has not yet started attracting new customers, there will be inevitable growing pains.
|From: Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business|
|Source: ESRI, Census 2010. Based on a radius drawn from 78-27 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY|