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April Economides: Bikes Mean Business Evening Presentation
November 12, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join Living Streets Alliance and the Downtown Tucson Partnership at the Maker House, 283 N. Stone Ave, for an evening with April Economides, Bicycle Friendly Business District expert and business support specialist with Alta Planning + Design.
Ms. Economides provides analytical evidence on the retail bounce that growing numbers of cyclists provide: “Sales go up, property vacancies decrease, and the area becomes more vibrant.” She designed the nation’s first bike-friendly-business-dis
In response to the engrained dichotomy that bike access means less room for car parking Economides suggests, “Yes, the number one concern of business owners is they say they need more parking; but when you convert some of their existing customers from drivers to bicyclists, you open up more car parking and you alleviate those problems — or perceived problems. The whole point is to make more short trips via bicycle instead of cars, and to make them into the business districts. Bike local, shop local.”