Last year one of the greatest logical inconsistencies of reflexive bike lane hatred, often said within the same breath, was that a) bike lanes are unnecessary because no one rides in them and b) bike lanes are too dangerous for pedestrians to cross because they’re filled with riders. As has been pointed out by far smarter people than I, both things can not be true.
In this new year I’ve noticed a new and equally inconsistent piece of logic. It goes something like this:
On the one hand, bike lanes, being little more than thermoplastic stripes, do nothing to slow down speeding drivers and protect cyclists and are not an effective means of traffic calming. On the other hand, bike lanes, even ones that are little more than thermoplastic stripes, make accessing local businesses impossible and slow traffic to the point of intolerable congestion.
Both things can not be true.