Whether old neighborhoods or modern suburban arteries, wide lanes offer more room for cyclists. The width of so many American roads is really great.
What I'd like to see is greater awareness that cyclists are a part of the traffic design.
We can argue "bike lanes" vs. "wide lanes" all we want. I think the main reason many cyclists like bike lanes is the validation it gives us as belonging.
What about an overall acknowledgement that cyclists belong, bike lane or not?