It seems odd that some business people should argue for car infrastructure over bicycle infrastructure when it is likely that cyclists are their better customers.
You've heard the arguments: we can't remove parking to create bicycle lanes, it's bad for business. A plan for a segregated cycling lane in Ottawa has apparently run into opposition from business and some neighbours, since parking spaces will be removed and motor vehicle traffic reduced to one lane. Must blindly serve the motorist, because motorists are our source of revenue, the poor, misinformed businesspeople say.
But car ownership is a huge money suck. According to the CAA website, owning and driving a car can run around $8,110 a year. Assume that the car owner instead rides a bicycle for the everyday errands, buys a monthly bus pass for commuting and rents a car one day a week every other week for those trips to the beach or to Toronto, then her/his annual transportation costs will be about $2,540.
That would mean Cyclist A would have $5,570 more to spend on non-transportation costs than Motorist B. That would be a big-screen TV, perhaps. Books. Wine. Some sharp clothes to wear on the bus. That stackable washer-dryer set. You get the picture.
Convert, say, 1,000 Waterloo Region motorists into cyclists and suddenly you have $5.5 million more dollars diverted from the joys of car ownership into the disposable income to be spent at businesses that have nearby bike lanes or good bicycle parking.
I thought business people liked customers with disposable income. Encouraging cycling infrastructure would be a way, not just to attract them, but to create them.