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Commercial Drive businesses say no to bike lanes

Small business group collects 5,000 customer signatures to oppose plan to put separated bike lane on the busy shopping street

A business group opposes a plan to put a bike lane on Commercial Drive

Jennifer Gauthier/For Metro

A business group opposes a plan to put a bike lane on Commercial Drive

In advance of community feedback sessions on the future of Commercial Drive, businesses on the historic street are firm on one thing: no bike lane please.

The Commercial Drive Business Society has collected over 5,000 signatures from customers for a petition to oppose the construction of a permanent protected bike lane on the busy arterial street.

A survey found that 7 per cent of customers had come to Commercial Drive by bicycle, compared to 32 per cent who had travelled by car, 37 had arrived on foot and 9 per cent on public transit.

Better options for a bike lane exist on side streets near the Drive, said Nick Pogor, executive director of the Commercial Drive Business Society in a release.

The City of Vancouver will hold an open house on Oct. 20 at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and another on Oct. 22 at the WISE Hall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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