We are going to try something new here in the A&S forums. Rather than engage in the decades-old debate concerning Vehicular Cycling (vc) versus bicycling-specific facilities (side paths, bike lanes [BL], bike paths, multi-use paths [MUP], etc), we accept that bicycle-specific faclities exist, will continue to exist, are used by cyclists and, in many cases, preferred by cyclists. We also accept that these facilites sometimes have flawed designs that may pose specific problems to cyclists who use them - indeed, in the case of a MUP or sidewalk, the facility was not designed specifically for cyclists at all.
Rather than accepting the conventional logic (of some) that one must operate a bicycle as either a vehicle (vc), or as a pedestrian, we maintain that a bicycle is a unique form of transportation that can be operated in a wide variety of environments and thus can use a combination of paradigms to be used safely and efficiently.
Adaptive Cycling (AC) is a cycling paradigm that reflects the uniqueness of a bicycle and the mulitude of environments that it can operate in. Its premise is that there is no one methodology or technique of cycling that can or must be applied to every situation or environment, rather existing methodologies are just tools that are part of a larger toolbox that the cyclist can use to adapt to his/her unique cycling needs and environment. Adaptive cycling seeks to use a combination of existing techniques and methodologies to provide solutions for specific situations that a cyclist faces in the environment they choose to ride in, as well as to create new, innovative solutions that not only apply to today's cycling world, but hopefully into the future.
Some ground rules:
1. Existing Bike Forums rules and guidelines concerning posts apply, as always.
2. Threads that fall under the Adaptive Cycling paradigm will have their subjects appended with 'AC'
Example: AC: How do I ride a widget?
3. Debates concerning the pros and cons of facilities versus the roadways are prohibited. There are plenty of non-AC threads for those. NO PRO-ANTI BIKE LANE DEBATES
4. Debates concerning the pros and cons of Vehicular Cycling as a methodology, paradigm or concept are prohibited. There are plenty of non-AC threads for those. This DOES NOT prohibit discussion of vc techniques as can be applied to solving specific problems within the environment under discussion. Vehicular cycling IS part of the toolbox a cyclist can choose from, so applying vc techniques to the environment in question is proper.
Example: (Edited) If the environment of choice or necessity is a MUP, while one can advise that perhaps the roadways might be safer, such advise should be accompanied by advise that fits the MUP environment.
5. Occasional off-topic humor and light banter are always welcome. Advocacy does not have to always be serious and boring. Think of this as sitting around sharing an evening with friends, not a schoolroom or formal public meeting. Have fun!
I recommend that this thread become a 'sticky' that can be used both to address questions concerning Adaptive Cycling and to further refine its definition and rules of discussion.