At least this is the case according to Toronto councillor Rob Ford. I originally picked this up from Boing Boing and the original source can be found at the Toronto Star, but this one is too good to pass by.
"I can't support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day."–Rob Ford
I'm sorry, I didn't realize that all those times that some driver decided to turn their car into me, open their car without looking, or cut me off and slam their brakes with the intent of making me run into them (no joke, a cab driver did this to me once), that it was my fault. I made an obvious mistake in assuming that it was the impatient, careless drivers around me that were at fault for running me off the road.
Rob, let me ask you then, since the roads apparently aren't made for my bike, despite the Highway Traffic Act clearly stating they are(my keyword counter reports 88 references to the use of bicycles on roads), what should I do for my daily commute? Drive downtown. Brilliant, let's burn more of that $1.03 gas they're selling at the corner right now. Take a streetcar? I'd love to if I didn't have to cram in to them like a sardine and leave my house 45 minutes earlier to account for the sketchiness of the service.
In his own unique way, Rob Ford has actually summarized the problem in this quote. The roads ARE NOT built for bicycles. If they were I'm sure we'd see far more cyclists riding their bikes everyday. Either councillor Ford has some grand master plan in the works to build cycling only pathways or his vision of Toronto doesn't include one of the most efficient forms of transportation ever created. I'm not holding my breath that we'll ever see the former.