Will building cycle lanes affect local businesses?March 9, 2020 0 COMMENTS
It is simply not the case that building cycle lanes damages local business. Research by London Business Improvement Districts (source: Survey of London BIDS )shows that improving streets for walking and cycling increases the vibrancy of an area and communities, and encourages people to spend more in their local shops (source Survey of London BIDs).
On average, people who walk, cycle or use public transport to access town
centres spend up to 30 per cent more than those who drive. We also know that although businesses may consider that their customers come by car, the majority of people actually get to them by walking, cycling or using public transport. This is well evidenced in the UK and globally.
We have seen some examples across London, such as Venner Road in Waltham Forest, where reducing car access and making it easier to walk and cycle has given the high street a big boost, with more shops opening and making the area more community-friendly. We have information on our website about the economic benefits of walking and cycling, with data from a range of sources including academics, other transport authorities, Government departments and businesses.
Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.