Whilst not hugely surprising to us, we’ve been banging on about how we on bicycles do buy things for a little while, research from Transport for London now has the data to back this up.
This also correlates with evidence from the USA, where bike lanes have boosted trade in New York, Long Beach and Memphis.
New research from Transport for London (TfL) claims that people walking, cycling and using public transport spend more than motorists in local shops. Conducted by Matthew Carmona from University College London’s Bartlett School of Planning, the research reveals that those not in cars spend 40% more each month in neighborhood shops than motorists.
Curiously, here in Wales just up the road in the Rhondda, the council is spending £1.5m removing pedestrianisation from Tonypandy town centre. Make of that what you will.
However, people on bicycles and people on foot tend to buy only what we can carry but visit more frequently, which lends itself more to shopping locally. Drivers on the other hand are more likely to head to a supermarket where they can load up but visit less frequently.