I want to post this to make it perfectly clear. Whatever he may have been in 1974, John Forester is not a bicycle advocate.
He was recently hired in Santa Barbara to speak to members of the City Council and the Mayor at a workshop they titled "An Inconvenient Path: A workshop on growth, transportation, and the future of Santa Barbara." The group that hired him is against traffic calming and has ties to pro-growth, pro-car activist organizations.
John Forester spoke along with Randal O'Toole from Oregon. Both Randal O'Toole and John Forester are on the Speakers Bureau of the American Dream Coalition, a pro-car organization.
I believe that anybody on this forum who tries to influence opinions on road design and bicycle riding techiniques from a viewpoint informed by John Forester is actually trying to influence you to support a pro-growth, pro-car, urban sprawl agenda without you realizing it. These people should not be confused with carrying an actual bike advocacy message.
Just thought you should know. John Forester and his friends at the American Dream Coalition really do get hired by pro-car groups to come and influence local governments. Whatever he may have been a long time ago, John Forester is not a bicycling activist.