Originally Posted by buffalo
I'm not a fan of segregated paths myself. There are occasions when I use them, but mostly I prefer the road. My thought is that if we repeal mandatory use legislation, and cyclists have a choice, then the onus is on councils to build better designed, better quality bike paths, which will encourage people to use them. Rather than this "slap down some red-coloured tarmac, and tell people we've built 1,000km of cycle lanes" nonsense.
Agreed. Under the 'build it and they will come' mindset -- if you build quality, usable cycle paths, people will use them.
But this is exactly why there seems to be such resistance to the removal of mandatory use -- some people don't want cyclists choosing. So much crap has been build across Dublin where the road is much quicker. So they continue to be unrealistic with a law which won't work and creates conflict between cyclists and drivers, mainly bus and taxi drivers.
And it's worth saying: Problems with crap cycle tracks such as stopping all the time affects slow cyclists just as much if not more than faster and more fit cyclists.