@Phil O'Sophical - Re: What a stupid fucking idea....
Cycle lanes are not obligatory for cyclists, they are "recommended" routes, however it's clear that you're not a cyclist because, if you were, you'd realise that a lot of them are simply intended to try to get cyclists out of the way of cars, *NOT* to actually be useful or helpful for cyclists.
Let me give you an example from down here in Portsmouth.
If you want to get from Goldsmith Avenue to Winston Churchill Avenue you have to:
1) Leave the main carriageway of Goldsmith Avenue, crossing a bus stop (where all sorts of crap kicked up from the road tends to gather) assuming there's no bus there.
2) Go up onto a pavement next to a pedestrian crossing, ie where there may be people standing waiting to cross meaning you have to slow down to avoid them.
3) Cycle along that pavement for about 15 yards until you get to the top of Fawcett Road.
4) Stop and check to see if any traffic is coming from your right.
5) Cross to the island in the middle of the road and stop again as you try to find a gap in the cars waiting to get onto the roundabout or avoid those coming from your left.
6) Cross the other half of the road onto a pavement where, again, there may be pedestrians.
7) Cycle down that pavement, watching out for cars coming out of the school car park on your left which have to cross the pavement to get onto the road and which don't always stop to check if a cyclist is coming before they do.
8) Go between the posts of a road sign, one pillar of which is located right into the centre of the pavement.
9) Get to the top of Victoria Road North and again, stop to wait for a gap in the traffic on the roundabout to your right.
10) Cross to the island in the middle of that road.
11) Watch for traffic coming to your left getting onto the roundabout
12) Get over to the pavement on the other side
13) Cycle along another shared pavement until you get to the top of Somers Road
14) Again, stop and wait to cross a road where traffic may be coming.
15) Finally get onto Winston Churchill Avenue.
Alternatively you can go:
1) Say "Fuck that for a game of bloody soldiers, I'm going to use the road and position assertively as I am entirely legally entitled to do, and save all that pissing around and wasting energy starting and stopping".
Try cycling some time and you'll get a new appreciation for *why* cyclists don't use those "oh so wonderful" cycle lanes.