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East Side bike lane trial seen as ‘impacting business’

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News Tech: Concerns are being expressed by Providence business owners regarding the construction of a temporary mile-long bike lane.

Mohammed Islam, owner of Not Just Snacks on the corner of Hope and Fifth streets, stated that it would seriously affect business.

As part of the plan, around 130 parking spaces on the east side of Hope Street will be used for other purposes from October 1 to October 8. Businesses in the area told 12 News that they think the project will have an impact on pedestrian safety as well as commerce.

He said, “People drive faster than 40 mph, which leads to more accidents.”

Owner of Marysia’s Custom Tailoring, Maria Soares, deemed the idea unfair.

“As a tiny firm, we endured a lot during the coronavirus. We lost a lot of business, she said. Shop owners are also concerned with communication, saying they were not made aware of the bike lane trial period until it was too late.

“I have a mailbox. I’m here six days a week,” Zacks said. “Nobody notified me.” According to Zacks, the trail will run from Frog & Toad to Tortilla Flats and accommodate joggers, walkers and bikers.

The city said Hope Street was the most requested route to add to Providence’s bike trails. “We have used this approach, of using temporary installations to gather information and feedback, in other parts of the city and we believe it is a prudent approach to take,” Elorza said. “I understand the concerns of the business community and believe there is sufficient time for their reasonable concerns to be incorporated into any plan for the temporary installation.”

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