So, I am cruising through Holland, MI the other day (city near where I work) and I notice the brand spanking new bike path (sidepath, MUP, wide sidewalk) built along the main entrance to the city has these gates similar to what is pictured above, but permanently affixed on each side of the many entrances to a HUGE scrap metal facility. There are about 8 or 10 entrances with these. Their only function in my mind would be to slow bike traffic down on the heavily used MUP/Bike Path at the entrances to this facility which sees very heavy truck (semi/tractor trailer) traffic. I am not sure about the genesis of this, but I imagine the company paid for the bike path so they could put up the gates to reduce their own liability if one of their drivers smoked a cyclist since they have the ROW on the MUP.
The interesting part is that it is perfectly legal for a bicycle to ride in the road anywhere in Holland although 95% cyclists I see use the MUP.
So is Holland, MI intentionally or unintentionally promoting VC? I wonder what would happen to those gates if all that cycle traffic started using the road?
**EDIT: I cannot find a good picture of it, but imagine the gate above permanently affixed and much closer together.