I am still looking for my next bike. And I'm thinking of either a road bike or a cyclocross bike.
The types of road I usually ride on are mostly pedestrian pathways, sometimes bike road path, and if situations pushed me, I ride on grass/gravel, but not often. If possible I try to keep on the pathway, I do trust my safety sense on riding a bike, but the reason I don't ride on bike road path (ones next to car path) is because I don't trust the car drivers to be considerate enough, especially after I got hit 2 weeks ago while crossing a redlight road and a car passed the redlight.
So far I always think road bike is to be used only on bike asphalt paths due to it's fragile constructions, that's why I also consider a cyclocross, but the downside is cyclocross is not popular in Perth, AU, The only bike I found easily is Redline Conquest /Pro