Several members have been complaining that "VC extremists" are dominating this forum. Perhaps this is true.
Personally, I'm not a dogmatist when it comes to bike safety. I'm eager to try any system that might be feasible and efficient, and I'm unlikely to strictly follow any system all the time. However, I have been waiting for a long time to read a coherent alternative to VC. In that sense, this is a challenge to the "anti-VC extremists." I am beginning to suspect that there is no such thing as a feasible alternative, but I hope that I'm wrong again.
To find out how wrong I am, I would like everybody who has a non-VC system of safe bicycle riding to post it here. I am interested specifically in systems that would allow us to ride to all locations within a typical city or suburb. Or maybe you do not believe that bikes should be permitted in all parts of the city?
Please let us know how you navigate around the city, and how well your system has worked for you. Also, do you know of books or websites that offer alternatives to VC?
To keep it productive, I am requesting that people do not post VC ideas here, or start an argument about VC. This is a post for non-VC alternatives only. If you can stay out of bike lanes, you can stay out of this thread!
I want to assure everybody of my sincerity. Like a lot of people on this forum, I am inclined to go with the safety theory that seems feasible, sensible and coherent. I am not currently dissatisfied with VC; it has served me well. However, if anybody has a better (or even different) idea, I would like to learn about it. I personally will not post any arguments or rebuttals to the ideas posted here.
Again, I am not looking for an argument, I am looking for your alternatives to VC. I hope you will be generous enough to post them here. Thank you for your time.