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UC San Diego Report: More Bikes, Less Parking Is Better For Business

Photo by San Diego Bicycle Coalition

City of San Diego road crews painted a diagonal path on Montezuma Road to help bikes cross a fast-moving turn lane near the corner of Collwood.

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.

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.

The report was released last week at the Active Cities Summit in Bristol.

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.

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