Initially bike paths seem like a great idea lots of money has bee spent on providing many excellent facilities.
However they dont seem useful to certain cyclist.
I have seen cyclists in Port road by the Coke factory when there is separate bike path that runs along side.
The Amy Gillett bike path has be criticised by cyclists that prefer to use the road that runs parallel.
Anzac Highway is popular despite several alternative routes with less traffic.
While bike paths are often well used it seems they are not universally accepted.
I think someone even expressed the sentiment that "real cyclists would never ride on a bike path"
So are bike paths a waste of money and resources at least for certain cyclists?
Should groups who what to encourage cycling not be advocating for bike paths?
If not what should they do?
Isn't this basically public transport on a smaller scale?
The replacement of all cars by autonomous vehicles is decades away if it ever happens. Decent Dutch style bike paths like these can be built today.
Need to consider disadvantages of any type of car that could decrease use in the future:
-- road congestion;
-- increasing population that if all drove would lead to even more road congestion;
-- peak oil;
-- environment damage and pollution created by all cars, even 'sustainable' electric vehicles;
-- vehicles are heavier than bicycles, create more road wear and need more road space, but road maintenance and new roads require fossil fuels.