Any user of Facebook knows that while there is a lot to like about this social media platform, there's also a lot not to like -- such as damn crazy ideas being spread around.
To publicize the petition, I shared a post on three Facebook pages that I administer: Salem Can Do Better, Strange Up Salem, Salem Political Snark.
Most comments in favor of protected bike lanes were predictably reasonable. Bicyclists don't feel comfortable or safe using the current bike lanes, which often don't exist on busy streets and when they do, almost always consist of painted lines on the side of the street.
Comments opposed to protected bike lanes were hugely more likely to be crazily weird. They came in a bunch of different flavors. Here's some examples of central themes put forward by the "haha" folks. I'm going to rebut the themes with a single sentence, since they make so little sense.
Absurd logic. A flawed premise plus faulty facts equals nonsense.
Want school armed security. The school district is funded in a separate fashion from how the City of Salem is funded, so the community improvement bond isn't taking any money away that could have gone to schools.
No one on disconnected bike lanes. Aside from the fact that the commenter can't be watching the bike lane 24/7/365, few people using a protected bike lane that goes for just a few blocks says nothing about how much a citywide network of protected bike lanes would be used.
Misinformed. Bicycles aren't supposed to be ridden on sidewalks in the downtown core, though some cyclists do, because it isn't safe to ride in the street; elsewhere it can be difficult for cyclists to ride on sidewalks, so fixing sidewalks is a poor option compared to building protected bike lanes.
Simply anti-bicycle. Hey, if you hate bicycles, that's your right, but come on -- banning bicycles from roads... are cyclists supposed to levitate above the pavement?
Against Governor Brown. The $300 million bond measure has nothing to do with state government, nor with Kate Brown.
Bicycles should be licensed and insured. In my opinion this would be a great idea, if we were talking about assault weapons, but if bicycles are made too expensive for regular people to afford, only rich people will have bicycles.
Humor. After all the crazy comments I had to read in order to write this blog post, I really appreciated coming across a bit of humor.