Can non-vehicular cyclists choose a more efficient route?
This is a companion thread to "Can vehicular cyclists choose a more mellow route". :D
This afternoon as I watched a sidewalk cyclist on a department store bike undulate from side to side like a drunken armadillo, seemingly frozen in the highest gear, covering at least as much distance at right
angles to his direction of travel as in forward motion I pondered the question:
Can non-vehicular cyclists choose an efficient route?
Now on the face of it that might seem like an odd question. After all route choice is independent of the ability to travel in a straight line or degree of side to side wobble..
And I have to admit there are those rare times when a combination of sidewalks, bike lanes, MUPs, drainage trenches, neighbor's yards and strip mall parking lots do constitute the most direct path to a destination.
But I'd really like to know if avoidance of direct and efficient routes is a requirement of the non-vehicular cycling crowd.
(For those of you who are sputtering "Ack, Ack" at the moment, count your blessings. I considered starting a thread entitled "different levels of incompetency amongst "non-vehicular cyclists" but decided it might be deemed uncivil :) ).