This sales technique is simple: offer the customer something that grabs their imagination, then after they are hooked, sell them something less than they had hoped for. So, you go to a used car dealer (the one showing off that bright red sports car) and walk away with a 10 year-old
economy car, "but at least it's dependable."
I think many of us are being offered a cycling utopia in the form of bike paths and bike lanes,
but that in the end, a practical and safe system
will never materialize. When all is said and done, we will end up with partially completed bikeway systems with limited usefulness and we will find ourselves restricted from riding on the street.
I am not against safe paths or lanes, just the idea of being forced to use them.