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Parking Kills Business Not Bikes or Buses

Many business owners believe that a significant portion of their patronage arrives by car, and that removing on-street parking will force customers to shop elsewhere. However, studies around the globe show that shop owners consistently overestimate the number of shoppers that arrive by car, and vastly underestimate the number of people who arrive using other transport modes.

In a study in Toronto, many business owners thought that half their customers drove to their business, while in reality it was just 4%. Most customers biked, walked or took public transport. Removing this misconception could assist in the process of reallocating road-space to safer, healthier and more sustainable modes of transport, such as walkways, cycleways and bus lanes.

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