The Craziest Anti-Bike Lane Arguments We’ve Heard

Gabe Klein

What’s the dumbest excuse you’ve ever heard for not building bike lanes? Professional bike advocates have heard ’em all!

Check out the latest Streetfilms video made by Clarence Eckerson Jr. at last week’s national bike summit — you’ll hear some of America’s greatest cycling advocates share their all-time favorites. You know, like, “The terrorists will win,” “Property values will go up … and then down,” and “All the birds will go extinct.”

No, seriously, you have to watch this video.

Got some good ones yourself? Tell us your favorite silly anti-bike lane argument in the comments.

57 thoughts on The Craziest Anti-Bike Lane Arguments We’ve Heard

  1. Thank you for sharing some examples in the Bronx. I live in Chicago and can only speak to that experience. =)

  2. You are the one who insists that bike riding does not cause gentrification due to the notion that it is the least expensive mode of transportation. So I’ll leave it to others to assess who is having the psychotic break here (as well as who truly understands gentrification and the realities of the working poor).

  3. I hear the simultaneous concern over raising and lowering property values for ANY and EVERY development, not just bike infrastructure. Affordable housing, commercial space, parks, you name it. IMHO fear of change is the driver for most of these arguments. I try to approach this fear with empathy when I’m talking with folks I disagree with, but sometimes it’s nice to have a laugh as well.

  4. “No, seriously, you have to watch this video.”

    No, seriously, I don’t want to. I want to READ the excuses. Guess I’ll close this window and go read a different story.

  5. “it’s too fast and it’s too slow and it’s too cheap and it’s too expensive and it’s being built too slowly and it’s being rushed and nobody will ride it and it’ll be too crowded and the riders will be too rich and they’ll be too poor”

    of course once it’s built all their arguments implode since people only ask “why wasn’t this built sooner?!”

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