Only a tiny fraction of people who parked on a Toronto street actually did any shopping there—and cyclists and pedestrians make more faithful customers.
One of the most common arguments against eliminating parking from downtown areas is that it’ll affect business. The people behind those complaints are dead right: There will be an impact on business—only it’s the opposite of the one they have in mind. Removing cars from downtown streets actually increases trade by attracting pedestrians and cyclists, and a new study of Queen Street West in Toronto’s Parkdale neighborhood has the numbers to prove it.
Back at the end of 2015, a study was commissioned to see just how many people arrived at the street by car, and how many got there by "active" transportation like walking or biking. The idea was to see what impact a parking ban or other car-hostile, people-friendly changes might have on local businesses.