Bike lanes mean bad business

Bike lanes mean bad business

Postby Aushiker » Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:24 am

This post at the ABC may be of interest ... maybe a little local lobbying is needed?

A Mount Gambier car dealership has spoken out against proposed new bicycle lanes on Penola Road, saying they will have a negative impact on their business and restrict customer parking during peak times.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure is asking for community consultation on the road works, which will see restricted parking on Penola Road to allow the introduction of bicycle lanes.

There will be no parking between the hours of 7-9am and 4-6pm on weekdays once the work is completed, forcing drivers to use alternative areas, such as Frew Park or central business district parking areas.


and then there is this classic comment ...

Mount Gambier Cycling and Triathlon Club Secretary, Tina Opperman said she welcomed the new bike lanes, but still felt there was an 'attitude' against cyclists from motorists....Mrs Opperman said her husband, professional cyclist Matthew Opperman and their two children, who ride on a regular basis had suffered some bad experiences on the road and were concerned about a recent backlash on social media....

Mrs Opperman said while recreational cyclists did not contribute to infrastructure costs, professional cyclists paid hundreds of dollars a year to Cycling Australia for a road licence.
(my emphasis)

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Re: Bike lanes mean bad business

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:33 am

"There will be no parking between the hours of 7-9am and 4-6pm on weekdays once the work is completed, forcing drivers to use alternative areas, such as Frew Park or central business district parking areas.
Director of OG Roberts, Peter Roberts said his business, which had fronted Penola Rd for over 20 years, relied heavily on drive-by trade.
"This is an impulse type of business where people pull up and have a look at our products.
"It's a busy road - when you close the roads on both sides for half the day for minimal bike traffic, it's ludicrous.
"The reality is it will be four hours a day, which is half our trading hours. We're restricting the trade of all those businesses for the sake of very few bike riders."


I'm not sure how 4 hours between 7am and 6 pm represents half of anyone's business day.
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Re: Bike lanes mean bad business

Postby you cannot be sirrus » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:40 am

I just checked their website, business hours are 8:30 to 5:00 so the bike lane may inconvenience them for 1.5 hours per day.

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