Small business and bike lanes on Market Street
murphstahoe (http://sub20olh.blogspot.com/) wrote:
"The small businesses on Market Street were on the losing end of this arrogance by the city and the bike people."
Do you have data that they have seen a drop in business? Hard data? Anecdotal data? Or are you just making this up? I'd be satisfied if you even said "I went and talked to the guy at Flax, and Delissio, and they said they are getting hammered due to the parking spots being gone" (assuming you weren't lying about talking to them).
I haven't polled the many Market Street businesses that protested taking away street parking to make bike lanes between Van Ness and Octavia Blvd. since the city did that in 2006. I did receive an email from a business owner on Market Street last month that said, among other things, "I could certainly attest to the adverse effects that the removal of the parking meters has had on my business."
I did several blog posts on the issue at the time, including one that transcribed the public comments of 18 businesses at the BOS committee meeting where it was accomplished.
Regardless of the merits of the project, the worst thing about it was that it was done quickly at the behest of the mayor's office so that the parking meters would be removed and the bike lanes in place in time for Bike to Work Day that year. Two representatives from DPT said this at the meeting, so the supervisors on that committee---Ma, Mirkarimi, and Dufty---clearly understood that. Only Supervisor Ma expressed any concern about the accelerated process.
Labels: Bicycle Coalition