I went out for a ride today and decided (based on the arguments here) to try out VC by staying in my little town with it's 25-35 MPH speed limits, residential streets and small, typical mid-western 2 block downtown area. I wanted to try out strictly vehicular cycling for an hour.
I have to gloat a bit about how nice the people in my town were. No one honked, no one buzzed me, no one yelled out their windows or tried to right hook me and no one tailgated me. I did have one guy speed up ahead of me because he was trying to get around me before he encountered a car parked on the left which put him sort of close to me, but I was never in any danger and could easily have maneuvered out of any if he had been closer.
I took the lane in the left tire track through downtown where cars are parked on both sides at angles and there are mid block stop signs making me actually faster than the average car traffic. The rest of the time I rode the right tire track and 2 or three times moved further right, sharing the lane, to allow FSDT to pass where opposing traffic was present and the lane was wide enough to allow this, but otherwise stood my ground in the right tire track.
The point of all of this?
Well, I have to agree with Robert Hurst that although strict VC is ok in general it tends to strip the bicycle of it's inherent virtues. After about a half hour I was struggling to not do what riding the bike allowed me to do which was hop a curb, ride down the side path and through the parking lot to get to that store I wanted to go to that was around the other side of the block. Maybe it's because I have to drive so much that I like bicycling and the freedom it gives me to cut lose from the road and it's rules.
The analogy I kept coming back to was that electric race car track set you had when you were a kid with the black plastic track, matchbox size cars and the little hand held, wired remote trigger you held to make the cars go. No matter how cool the kit was (some climb walls, etc.) you are stuck on that track, and like just about every kid I got tired of that after about a half hour too. Well, to me VC and driving have me stuck on that track, but my bike lets me leave the track for wherever I want to go
**EDIT - I also forgot my helmet too