When an auto-oriented street is redesigned for better walking and biking, what really happens to local businesses?
The National Study of the Economic Impact of Street Improvements, or Street Improvements Study, is a collaboration between research firm Bennett Midland, Portland State University and PeopleForBikes.
The study will analyze the effects of street improvements such as repurposing travel lanes or reducing parking in corridors in 6 to 8 cities across the U.S. to determine how street improvements in different urban areas affect economic vitality. The results of the study will help guide cities and policymakers in their planning and investment decisions.
City recruitment and selection will occur in the summer of 2017, with data collection in the fall. A report with the study findings will be published by summer 2018.
Jenny H. Liu, Ph.D. and Jennifer Dill, Ph.D., Portland State University
Xuihui Lim and Michelle Lau, Bennett Midland
Jennifer Boldry, PhD, Martha Roskowski and Jamie Pfahl, PeopleForBikes