Cambridge business owners say bike lanes are keeping customers away

CAMBRIDGE – The city of Cambridge is being sued to protect against the set up of far more bicycle lanes. Harold Gilmer owns Elite Barber Shop on Mass. Ave and has been cutting hair in the community for 21 years. “It’s afflicted most people close to below, the business is not the similar,” Gilmer mentioned.

He claims the city’s present cycling security ordinance, which phone calls for bike lanes all together Mass. Ave, is hurting neighborhood small business proprietors.

“We’ve been possessing parking up and down Mass. Ave for this full time and to pay your expenses you want to have individuals be in a position to pull in excess of and go to the stores,” Gilmer claimed.

Other owners concur, the new deficiency of parking signifies fewer buyers through their doors.

“We couldn’t appropriately create a consumer foundation, individuals weren’t going for walks in so we had to modify to endure we had to do extra takeout and shipping,” claimed Som Pogosov of Phoenix Kitchen area.  

Proponents of the bike lanes level out the city will be taking away the median amongst Roseland and Beech Road by the end of July to generate far more parking spots in the Porter Square location.

Chris Cassa, a volunteer with Cambridge Bicycle Safety, adds approximately two-thirds of the Cambridge neighborhood rides bikes and protection continues to be the most important worry.

“We treatment deeply about making positive that there is ample parking but also want to make guaranteed that individuals acknowledge that safer streets that assist people today shift far more competently as a result of the streets are likely to assistance help compact organizations,” Cassa mentioned.

“In particular on Mass. Ave from 2015 to 2021 6 people today have died on our streets who are biking and 250 folks who ended up biking have been associated in a crash that was with a motor automobile that resulted in an damage or far more than $1,000 harm.”  

“If we go out of enterprise we are going to have a great deal of excellent bicycle lanes, but it will be a shallow space,” Sam Pogosov stated.  

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