Bike Week business not a boon for some

SANDUSKY Some downtown business owners want the city to know Bike Week isn't a roaring success for e
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Some downtown business owners want the city to know Bike Week isn't a roaring success for everyone.

Douglas Wieber, owner of Sailor Sails on Water Street and several other business district shop owners wrote a letter to city commission explaining how closing off streets in front of their stores hurts weekend business.

The letter asked if businessmen on the commission would like it if the streets in front of their businesses were closed during their busiest time of year.

The question raised a mixed reaction.

Ex officio Mayor Dan Kaman said he would love it if someone closed off Perkins Avenue and brought 15,000 potential customers to Golly Gee, his ice cream stand.

The letter asks the city to have consideration for business owners trying to make a living.

"We take a beating," Wieber said describing what happens when the streets are closed for festivals.

On the second Saturday of Bike Week, when downtown streets including Water Street were blocked off, Wieber made $12.45.

A good Saturday in the summer usually brings in more than $1,000, he said.

"If they had boats floating down the middle of Columbus Avenue, that would be another story," he said.

Business picks up at the sail shop when the tall ships are docked in Sandusky.

Wieber and other business owners realize they are specialty offerings.

"What are bikers going to do with sails?" he said.

"I'm not against people coming downtown. I'm against them blocking off so much," he said, explaining his position.

The commissioners discussed the matter June 25, pledging to work with downtown business owners to find a suitable compromise.