Whether to us advocacy means building bicycle facilities, improving road conditions, learning and teaching others to ride in traffic more effectively or educating the public, I suspect we can agree that if we are cyclists that use our bikes for transportation, we all want to be able to do so safely, comfortably and conveniently. It seems to me that those of us who support bicycle facilities because they want to get from A to B as hassle-free as possible and those of us who prefer roads without them want the same convenience. We just disagree on how this can be accomplished because we prefer different facilities. This may never change.
Can't we have bicycle facilities while also supporting laws that protect a cyclist's right not to use them? Can't we agree that there are certain safety standards that bicycle facilities must have?
Can't we have our cake and eat it too? What do you think?