Posted: Jun 23, 2011 12:29 pm
We have this conversation in Portland all the time. Usually, increases in customer traffic from cyclists only improves if you do something like install a bike corral
- something that makes them stop. I don't know what kind of business are on Madison, but, if I were desiring to increase foot traffic, better public spaces (e.g. public seating, art, sidewalk dining) would seem a better use of funds.
The "cycling" community is a fickle and non-homogenous demographic. I bike regardless of bike lanes. If the goal is to improve bike/car traffic on a particular street, bike lanes could help. If the goal is to improve business traffic, I don't see a useful correlation between bike lanes and stopping to buy something.
Blah. I would go to more shows if I wasn't already drunk by the time the band decided to start, and I wasn't in my pj's.