So what do you think about this? As a male between the ages of 25-45 I've heard I'm more likely to fit in the VC crowd, and I think it makes the most sense. There are some roads that I'm just not going to ride on, no shoulder, high-speeds, etc, but otherwise, roads are faster and typically less annoying to use than trails. I take the trails because it gives me a little extra mileage on my way to work, but if I'm cut for time or want to ride faster, I take the road.
I like the way these look, but it just seems to be begging for right-hooks and how-in-the-heck do I turn left from one of these things?
Does anyone here have any experience with them? Do they allow you to move with traffic, or do you essentially become a pedestrian at intersections?
I'm generally not concerned if people feel safer, rather are they safer. I've had more close calls on the trail than I have on the road, but I've had them in both places.