Why cycle on the road, with full access (something we are supposed to have already) when there are so many wonderful paths and lanes?
Simple. As a bicyclist, I see the road system in my city as perfect for taking my bike anywhere I want to go, just like motorists enjoy doing. I want the freedom to go anywhere, anytime, not just where the paths or lanes take me.
Total access. There is nowhere I cannot go--on the street.
Question: how can transportational cycling make any sense at all unless cyclists use the existing road network?
Why should I avoid any particular street that motorists enjoy? Am I less important than they? Besides, detours are much more inconvenient to me than to motorists.
As a motorist myself, I have used the roads for over 25 years. Instinctively, I feel they belong to me.
All I ask is: slow motorists down and inform them that I belong there (on every road) as much as they do.