The main points by this guy:
-bikes cause more traffic, which equals more pollution.
-bike lanes are underused for the amount of real estate they’re taking up.
-businesses are dying because no one can park in front of stores.
-no one is going to abandon their car for a bike, most bikers are former public transportation users, which is lost revenue.
-bikes are dangerous for pedestrians, mainly because they don’t adhere to the rules of the road.
The one point he makes that I kind of enjoy is that bikers are getting sick because of the pollution. They breathe deeper and more rapidly while surrounded by lots of exhaust. So, the smug greenie is getting black lung.
Today the bicycle is a mixed bag, usually with more negatives than positives. In many cities, bike lanes now consume more road space than they free up, they add to pollution as well as reducing it, they hurt neighbourhoods and business districts alike, and they have become a drain on the public purse. The bicycle today — or rather the infrastructure that now supports it — exemplifies “inappropriate technology,” a good idea gone wrong through unsustainable, willy-nilly top-down planning.
London, where former mayor Boris Johnston began a “cycling revolution,” shows where the road to ruin can lead. Although criticism of biking remains largely taboo among the city’s elite, a bike backlash is underway, with many blaming the city’s worsening congestion on the proliferation of bike lanes.
ht/ rosalind J