Bike Lanes increase pollution

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I ride to work most days. Still, whenever I see a bike lane, I remember the following: bike lanes both increase traffic, pollution, fatalities, and costs to society. Which is why Californian's love them: they are anti-progress, anti-tolerance, and hurt more people than they help. What's not to like?


  • "Bicycle trips account for only 1% of all trips in the United States. However, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash related injury and deaths than occupants in motor vehicles."
  • "27 percent increase in areas with new sharrows and a 43 percent increase in areas where nothing changed."...."Ferenchak said sharrows seemed to have a small effect on encouraging people to bike but provide no additional protection."
  • This is in line with what Dutch bike planner Dick Van Veen told Streetsblog about sharrows in the Netherlands: They should be used in tandem with significant traffic-calming measures — on a street with fast traffic, to put down sharrows alone would be considered “unethical.”
  • "As a consequence of the idling traffic (due to bike lanes), pollution levels have risen, contributing to what is now deemed a toxic stew. Ironically, cyclists are especially harmed, and not just because the bike lanes they speed upon are adjacent to tailpipes. "
  • "Health and safety costs aside — per kilometre travelled, cyclist fatalities are eight times that of motorists — the direct economic burden associated with cycling megaprojects is staggering."