City Officials Consider Cambridge Street Bike Lanes' Impact On Businesses

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Cambridge City Councilor member Marc McGovern became one of the sponsors for a study looking at separated bike lanes on Cambridge Street and their potential impacts, both positive and negative.

Luis Santana, a worker at City Paint and Supply on Cambridge Street, said he received a notice from the City with details about plans to create the bike lanes, which may cut out nearby parking spots.

"They were saying they were going to do some construction work on the street for a bicycle line, they're going to eliminated the loading zone out front, and maybe eliminate the meters. With no parking we might lose some customers," Santana said.

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McGovern said a study group will evaluate how businesses would be affected by the implementation of the bike lanes.

"I think there has to be some strategy helping these businesses adapt to this new infrastructure. Just because it works in New York or somewhere else, doesn't mean it's going to work everywhere. I think it's going to be really hard to do," McGovern said.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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