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There IS a Bicycle Economy, Two Cities Find

Portland, Oregon and New York City, two very different cities, are finding something similar about cyclists and pedestrians – they tend to spend a bit more money in local economies.

Transportation Alternatives has been promoting the ‘bicycle economy’ in New York’s East Village, finding that:

“Streets that promote bicycling and walking mean more business for local shops and restaurants,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives (TA). “When it comes to the impact bike lanes have on local businesses, it’s a case of ‘if you build it, they will come.”

Full Story: TreeHugger

“Streets that promote bicycling and walking mean more business for local shops and restaurants,”

“When it comes to the impact bike lanes have on local businesses, it’s a case of ‘if you build it, they will come.”