Cambridge business owners say bike lanes are keeping customers away

Marty Batteen

CAMBRIDGE – The city of Cambridge is currently being sued to stop the installation of a lot more bicycle lanes. Harold Gilmer owns Elite Barber Shop on Mass. Ave and has been slicing hair in the community for 21 decades. “It really is impacted every person around below, the organization is not the identical,” Gilmer stated.

He suggests the city’s present biking safety ordinance, which phone calls for bicycle lanes all together Mass. Ave, is hurting area company house owners.

“We’ve been obtaining parking up and down Mass. Ave for this entire time and to pay back your costs you have to have to have individuals be ready to pull more than and take a look at the stores,” Gilmer said.

Other proprietors agree, the new absence of parking means much less buyers by their doorways.

“We could not correctly build a client foundation, folks weren’t strolling in so we experienced to change to endure we had to do much more takeout and shipping and delivery,” said Som Pogosov of Phoenix Kitchen.  

Proponents of the bicycle lanes position out the town will be removing the median concerning Roseland and Beech Street by the finish of July to create far more parking spots in the Porter Sq. space.

Chris Cassa, a volunteer with Cambridge Bicycle Protection, provides practically two-thirds of the Cambridge community rides bikes and safety continues to be the major issue.

“We treatment deeply about generating guaranteed that there is enough parking but also want to make sure that men and women recognize that safer streets that support men and women shift additional effectively by the streets are heading to aid assist small organizations,” Cassa said.

“In particular on Mass. Ave from 2015 to 2021 six persons have died on our streets who are biking and 250 people today who ended up biking have been concerned in a crash that was with a motor vehicle that resulted in an injury or a lot more than $1,000 damage.”  

“If we go out of organization we will have a lot of great bicycle lanes, but it will be a shallow area,” Sam Pogosov said.  

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