When I see the word "advocate" redflags go up. Manypeople, myself included read between the lines and see "opinionated, overbearing, uncompromising individuals or groups with a very onesided agenda, where the opposite exists only as an adversary".
I ride roads and paths, I am entitled to use both, so I do. I prefer bike paths because I don't have to deal with motor traffic, and the ones around here are very good. But paths don't always take you where you want to go.
The prejudice against bikers comes from the aholes out there that feel they must let people know that they are also entitled to the road by using uncivil tactics just for the sake of being a prick. holding your course on narrow roads as traffic backs up behind you. A few months ago, I brought up that the isue of some idiot riding on main roadway of PCH through newport beach (a six lane road at the point, he was riding), There was absolutely no reason for him to be in the main roadway, since there was a 8 foot wide bike lane created out of the same surface, and of the condtion of the main highway. The guy was clearly wrong, and half the posters here made up excuses justifying this assclowns actions.
The way it should be done is by creating public awareness campaigns on grass roots level. Share the Road is a good start, but hardly has the visibilty that is needed to effectively change peoples habits and opinions. A strong PR
campaign is whats needed to get the general public aware of sharing the road. And it has to be a saturation campaign funded by state, regional government groups as well as bike dealers/manufacturers and enviromental groups.
The next thing is the cyclist (and motorists) must realize they can't have it all. awareness and enforcement of wexisting laws should be an adequate start. Common Courtesy will go along way. Think about that the next time you have ten cars riding your arse , unable to pass because you have to "take the road"