On another forum I came across this link:
The article, despite the fact that it is mainly drivel, illustates what I see as the big problem with building bike paths (the ones meant as an alternative for roads, anyway) and installing bike lanes: a desire by motorists to get bikes off of roads or onto roads where bike lines exist. It is not surprising that Texas of all places would be the pioneer in this endeavour and it is also not surprising considering the attitudes we all see on the roads today, but the idea of total banishment of bikes on roads concerns me greatly and although we may be far from it now, we seem to be heading in that direction, rather than away from it. In fact, with the declining number of young people riding on the road, it almost seems to be inevitable.
I find bike paths to be wholly unsuitable for anything other than very leisurely riding and I am not at all convinced that bike lanes solve more problems than they create. In fact, I tend to avoid most roads with bike lanes, as they have simply become a spot for motorists to park, partially due to the complete absence of ticketing. Call me cynical but I sometimes suspect that the only reason bike lanes were ever allowed to exist was so that bicyclists could then be kept off of roads without bike lanes.
I guess what I am wondering is whether this attitude will grow to influence laws and whether it will make it's way up North.
Edit: *Minor spelling mistake corrected*