(327) Cyclonomics

bikonomicsBoing Boing posted a link recently that led us to a New York Department of Transportation study that found that bicycles are good for business.  Specifically, dedicated main street bikeways attract a steady stream of local spending in the form of shoppers.  So that means bicycle infrastructure can be added not just to the fun-and-fitness file but to the economic development file.  A two-wheeled tool for ameliorating poverty, keeping money in people’s pockets which they can spend locally, reducing environmental harm, …what kind of crack head mayor goes against that idea?

Bike lanes led to 49% increase in retail sales  Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing

Do Cyclists Make Better Customers?
A Portland, OR blogger looks at cycling and local retail where the issue is atmosphere and social opportunity as much as spending, with links through to a number of documents from Portland Bureau of Transportation.

What are the financial benefits of cycling?
See the large variety of links to reports on the economic considerations of cycling from the site of a Canadian cycling advocacy group’s site.