A friend at work--a non-cyclist--attended a city planning meeting for East Lansing, MI. This was his account of the meeting, as near to how he said it as I can manage:
A bunch of bike guys were at the meeting and they'd been trying to get the city to put a bike lane on Hagadorn Rd. You know, that's a busy road and the bike guys don't like to ride on it. The city had finally agreed in principle to do it.
But this one bike guy was at the meeting. This guy always rides in the car lanes. He's some kind of fanatic or something. Even when he's riding on Abbot Rd. where they already have a bike lane, he refuses to ride in it. He has to ride in the car lane and he's always holding up the traffic. I got behind him one time and he really pissed me off.
Anyway, he was arguing that they shouldn't have any bike lanes anywhere in the city. This one guy thinks the bikes should just ride wherever they want to, even if they're getting in the way of the cars. Like I said, he's some kind of fanatic, I guess. So the city scrapped the whole plan to put in a bike lane on Hagadorn. Now they're talking about not putting any bike lanes in the whole city. So, all the other bike guys were yelling and shouting at this one bike guy. One guy ruined it for everybody.
It was fascinating to hear one outsider's view of this whole debate. I think I was more confused about the bike lane issue after I heard this.