The division that exists among cyclists today seems to be not so much about vehicular cycling techniques, but about the controversy over bike facilities vs. road use. Nobody seems to oppose practical methods of road riding, and most people here use the roads, even if they also use bike facilities. Many of us can agree that the roads are useful and essential for our transportation and recreational needs. Many of us also see bike facilities as equally useful and essential.
Where we seem to part ways is over whether implementation of bike facilities will eventually result in our being restricted from using the road. We agree that being restricted from the road would be a very bad thing, but we don't agree on whether that's likely to happen.
The question I would like to pose is whether or not a "hybrid system" of bike facilities and roads is possible, or will the implementation of bike facilities coincide with fewer and fewer rights for us to use the road, if we so choose. Keep in mind that we are already required in some places to use facilities where they exist, and in other places, we have a choice which to use.
What do you say? Is it possible to have both sytems together, or in the long run, will it tend towards having one pure system, either road based or bike facility based? Please support your views with some instructional examples, if possible.