Are You Segregationist Or Integrationist?
Here are the two sides of the coin on this one:
- Mixing motorised vehicles and people on bikes makes no sense. The former weighs 20-50 times as much as the latter, and the driver is protected from the consequences of their actions by a steel exoskeleton. We need to keep these away from people on bikes to make it safe for riders. Dedicated cycle routes are the answer.
- There are bike routes everywhere - they’re called "roads". If we push for bike paths that are segregated, we’ll end up in a cycling ghetto - unable to get from A to B because we’ll have ceded the road space to the cars. Bah.
So if there are faults with both the segregationist and integrationist frames of thinking, how about being a pragmatist?