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Majority support new bike lane: Poll

The Vancouver public is in favour of separated bike lanes on Hornby Street, according to an opinion poll released by the city yesterday.

The Vancouver public is in favour of separated bike lanes on Hornby Street, according to an opinion poll released by the city yesterday.

The Mustel Group asked 500 Hornby Street visitors between Aug. 28 and Sept. 2 about their transportation choices: 56 per cent were in favour of the dedicated lanes.

“We can’t add any more roads,” said Coun. Geoff Meggs. “So if we’re going to continue to grow business downtown, and encourage the economic development … we’ve got to find a way to grow cycling and pedestrian activity.”

Organizations such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association have recently spoken out against the bike lanes, claiming they’re bad for business.

“What we’ve seen in other cities is that there’s a very positive impact (on businesses),” said Meggs.

According to the poll, most people who drive to Hornby Street park two blocks away, and 47 per cent of those polled admit they’d consider cycling if there were separated bike lanes.

 
 
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