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Old Posted Jul 23, 2011, 1:37 AM
aberdeen5698 aberdeen5698 is offline
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The 10% figure quoted in the report is pretty suspect from what I can see. The figure is based on a voluntary survey that had only about a 1/3 response rate. Businesses that are opposed to the bike line are obviously a lot more likely to respond, and it's probable that they would err on the side of overstating their losses rather than understating them. In fact the four businesses that reported hard dollar figures indicated greater losses on their surveys than were substantiated by dollar figures they provided.

In other words, it seems to me that the figure is based on self-reporting by businesses that are likely to be biased. Not exactly the best data on which to base public policy. Hopefully the other parts of the report that deal with objective information will be more useful.
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