Cycling in Melbourne Australia
This is a link to an article currently posted on crikey.com.au that may be interest to others. It even has some figures from a study around the Lygon St area in Carlton.
'Local bike paths mean higher house prices' by Rachel Smith
"Bike usage is an extremely convenient and cheap means of transport for those on a lower income..."
For everybody, Etienne, yes the poor benefit the most financially from cycling, but the bicycle is a solution for almost every modern problem, regardless of income of social status. Also, in Australia, the trend is for cyclists to be affluent. The poor tend to get sucked in by the car as an indicator of status.
I believe it is a fallacy that customers will go elsewhere where they can more readily park their cars when parking bays are removed. - I occasionally collect items for my wife's business in Collingwood. The reason I do it is so that we can avoid using a car to get to Collingwood, as it is practical for me to go by tram on my way home from work. Neither of us wants to take a car anywhere near Collingwood, as it is just too painful getting there by car in the first place. No changes to parking will change the fact that the businesses we need to visit are in Collingwood. Long may they stay in the area near Smith street and in reach of the #86 tram! ... Now if we could get rid of all the parked cars off the tram route, the trams would run on time!