what is the general thought on this?
Example - here on the North side of Indy there is a road called Hazel Dell. It is two lane each way with a large grassy median in the middle. There is a square edge curb (about 8") on both sides. Speed limit is 45 with 55 being normal. There are roundabouts.
along both sides of the road there is a paved path that is about 8 foot wide. Before I biked I my POV is that a biker should be on the path. Now that I bike I can see the other side - we have rights to the road and the road allows for a better ride (largely due to roundabouts, the path takes a much wider turn with some 90* turns. As a runner the path is perfect, so that tainted my views.
If nothing else, I think we have to accept that in those situations the average person probably thinks the biker should be on the path.