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Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Wed Oct 8 2014 at 9:49 pm

Car parking wins over bicycle parking on Wellington Street
 
 
Well, it's happening again.  It seems that every time cycling infrastructure takes up space that could be used for on-street parking for cars, a local business goes on a tirade about how it's keeping customers away.

In what appears to be a response to complaints by a local business, a bike corral on Wellington St West is being removed early. A bike corral provides parking for 12 bikes, but takes up one car parking space. That's right, only one car parking space.

Last August the owner of  Saslove's Meat Market went public claiming that the loss of that one car parking space on Wellington Street was hurting his business.

The media promptly showed up and dutifully covered the story primarily from his point of view. At one point, the television journalist even counted the empty bike posts during the middle of the day on that section of Wellington Street as proof that the corral wasn't needed. What he failed to mention was that cars can find parking on many of the side streets, while bicycles can only be safely locked up on Wellington Street at one of the bike posts, or the now departed corral.

The end result of all of this is that the bike corral is gone, and there's a good chance it won't be back next year, at least not in the same spot.

It always baffles me how a business owner can place more importance on one potential customer showing up in a car compared to several potential customers (in this case 12) showing up on bicycles.

It's worth noting that while Saslove's Meat Market was against the corral (with possible backing from a couple of other establishments),  a good number of the businesses in the area supported the installation of the bike corral.

For more about the removal of the bike corral, go to:
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/wellington-village-bike-corral-removed-after-complaints

For more about Saslove's Meat Market opposition to the corral,  go to:
http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/bike-corral-battle-brews-in-wellington-west-1.1970287#

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