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The Battle Over Bike Lanes Wants a Mindset Shift

2023-01-24 11:00:00


Mother-and-pop retailers are often fairly nimble at recognizing conditions that can assist their backside strains (which regularly have slender, fragile revenue margins). So why the blind spot right here? Maybe it’s that focus gravitates to horror tales—and some retailers do get shafted when bike lanes are available. 

I spoke to Cindy Hughes, a co-owner of the hair salon Quick Phil’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She stated enterprise plummeted by not less than 40 % when town eliminated close by parking to place in a motorcycle lane. Nearly all of her prospects drive (she’s saved observe), with many coming from close by cities. Solely a only a few have shifted to biking, and even these nearly actually gained’t cycle in Boston’s snowy winters. So whereas Hughes helps bike lanes—“cyclists should be secure”—she sees the parking loss as an existential danger. “Look, 90 % of my prospects drive,” she instructed me. “For our enterprise, the bike lanes are method worse than Covid was.”

For others, the pushback is cultural, says Henry Grabar, a author for Slate whose ebook on parking, Paved Paradise, will come out subsequent Could. Small enterprise house owners are continuously drivers who commute from different components of town by automobile, Grabar factors out. They’re additionally typically longtime locals. “They are typically individuals with deep roots within the metropolis, who’ve hung round since earlier than the neighborhood grew to become what it’s right now,” he provides. Tooling round city in a automobile is so regular to them that biking appears bizarre and strange—regardless of its increase from Covid, when bike gross sales exploded by 75 %.

And there’s a negativity bias. “Individuals who have bother discovering parking all the time speak about it,” Grabar notes. “However individuals who simply stroll proper in—or bike in—is not going to speak about it.” So storeowners will understandably construct up a way of parking as an out-of-control downside, whereas the uptick in pedestrians or cyclists might not register.

Psychology trumps all! Who knew, proper? The snarling divide between retailer house owners and bike-lane advocates appears apiece with our bigger tradition wars over local weather change. If we’ve discovered something about tradition wars, it’s that knowledge isn’t a lot good at altering minds. 

When Janette Sadik-Khan was the top of New York Metropolis’s Transportation Division again within the early 2000s, she oversaw a rollout of motorcycle lanes—and received ferocious blowback from residents and enterprise house owners who furiously claimed there weren’t sufficient cyclists to warrant putting in lanes. Now, she notes wryly, the lanes are so bustling with exercise that opponents have flipped to claiming the issue is the other: There are too many cyclists getting in the best way of vehicles. As she places it, “the established order is a hell of a drug.” 

Possibly bike lanes will all the time be fraught, till sufficient of the general public is lastly in a real lather about local weather change—and it appears reckless to not have them. 

Crises, in any case, have a method of opening individuals’s eyes to prospects. Throughout Covid, eating places and cafés misplaced a lot enterprise that cities nationwide started permitting them to construct curbside seating areas the place individuals might sit, safely, within the open air. It vastly lowered parking—however as a result of, nicely, disaster, store house owners didn’t see any method round it. Patrons liked the out of doors seating a lot that cities are making it everlasting: A New York Metropolis examine of a number of streets closed throughout Covid discovered storeowners making greater than earlier than, and diners digging the al fresco way of life. If knowledge gained’t change minds, prospects may.

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