The problem with 2 wheeled transportation alternatives is the clothing
"There is no such thing as inappropriate weather, only inappropriate clothing". Really, the weather is not offten the most limiting factor. It is the gear selection.
Bikes are unusable on ice or snow.covered roads
Skinny tires sink through the snow. Knobbies grip on top of the snow. Studded tires work great on ice, and have knobs for snow. Studded are the most expensive at $50 a tire, but only needed in winter and last for years.
You'd freeze when theres a wind chill of 20 below 0
Clothes, wear them please. Yes 20 below is a really cold windchill. It does stop me, but that is because I don't have wind blocking gear. You can find plenty of blogs of bike commuters that do it daily though.
You'd get soaked in the rain
What, you don't take a shower? Once again, there is gear to address that. I'm a lucky person with showers at work, but I don't cycle in my work cloths. Even for short errands, I may drop a clean shirt in my bag for a quick change when I get to where I'm going.
Too hot in the summer
Meh, I'll give you that, but that depends on your conditioning. Heat indexes over 105F can be dangerous but that only happens for at most 1 week a year for myself. So I take the motorcycle, which isn't far from being a electric bike.
Agreed, car sales people are the worst which is why I'm going no haggle in the future (if possible). The last car I bought was new, but I went to a no haggle shop which was a great experience. I was extended test driving a car from a bigger guy that gave me the run around "take it or leave it" price when all I wanted to know what the employee price was (since my father in law is a GM retire) when I went to to the no haggle place. I asked the sales person why the cars where as cheap and she gave me the 3 discounts why right off the bat. I told her what I was looking for and in 15 minutes she located the exact car we wanted 300 miles away, and they arranged a trade. The perks where great too, tires for life vs "personal assistant" (riiiiiight). The other place called me and asked what I thought about the test drive, then they parked a car with some of the features and wrong color at the door I would use to try to get me to buy it. I handed them the keys and told them no thanks, wrong color.
It was a sad day when that bigger guy bought out our dealership....service prices doubled and no more tires perk.
Must be a small cube. All the ones I had I could ride my bike into work and keep it in my cube. Sorry, no measurements on my current which I do ride to work. One place I couldn't do it in was because all the cubes had a large cabinet that sat next to the entrance. I don't think anybody really needed it. It was too far to ride anyways so not a big deal.
I have saw smaller cubes though.
Planners are not going for full bans. They are just trying to improve the transportation options in the city for all users while making people feel like they belong in the city. While some DIY types will transport all they need by bikes (including whole house moves, fridge and all), but nobody is calling for a complete ban of service trucks.
Just like debates we have about commuter cars and public transportation. If you need a private vehicle, or something bigger, many times it is cheaper to rent as needed than to own one full time. I'm sure taxi's will still be around as well. Congestion is the result of too many vehicles taking up space that they don't need too.
I have ridden mine several times this winter through the snow on the roads going uphill. Worked just fine with minimal wheel spin (which happens to be in the same places a car would have problems). They make studded tires for ice which do a great job as well.
The one day I had to drive my car for errands is the only day this winter I froze my butt off all the way home in it.