UC San Diego Report: More Bikes, Less Parking Is Better For Business
A UC San Diego report suggests bike lanes might be better for business than parking spots. The report says being pedestrian-friendly helps too.
Researchers at UC San Diego’s Active Living Institute looked at cities all over the globe, and found increased retail activity in cities designed for physical activity.
Amanda Wilson, a project manager at Active Living, said research shows substantial improvements for shops and restaurants.
“One study found that people who walk or bike to a store spend up to $200 more a month in that store,” Wilson said.
Wilson also said there is no research to show that removing street parking negatively impacts business.
The report says there is increased business revenue and economic development in cities designed for physical activity. The researchers said prioritizing the needs of bike riders and walkers over drivers can have broad reaching and positive impact on communities, including healthier citizens and a cleaner environment.