shared this a few days ago and I have a comment on it as well.
Key factors in my advocacy of cycling are realism and practicality. I love as much as the next guy to sit down with a whiskey and toss around ideas, review idealistic plans for multi-mode intersections and imagine what segregated infrastructure might bring in terms of more bikes on the road.
But that's not real. Not the way I see it. The way I see it, we have a set of laws in place that in general grant cyclists equal access to the road. Conceding that we ought to build compulsory-use bike lanes or tear up roads for segregated infrastructure or put in bicycle stop lights is conceding those laws are optional and nothing to improve the penetration of cycling can happen in the short term.
Because these projects are then put into the budgeting and political processes, subject to decisions made by people with no real interest in the outcome and no real constituency to serve. And while these projects languish and get chipped away by stubborn anti-cycling politicians, drivers continue to enjoy current and new infrastructure built specifically for them.
Additionally, a sociological complication to the matter of separate-but-equal transport infrastructure is the notion that it reinforces in the minds of certain types that 'you got yours, we got ours.' That because a bike lane exists somewhere,
all cyclists must use it. This attitude is easily demagogued, and if you are not certain you believe me, check the comments section of any Facebook or news site post about cyclists or cycling. You will see something along the lines of WE SPENT ALL THAT MNEY ON BIKE LANES AND THEY DONT EVAN USE THME!!!!1!1 right near the top.
We need solutions now, and as it happens, the most immediate solutions are also the cheapest. We need clarity on the laws of cycling in the roads from politicians and executives. We need enforcement of those laws by police and authorities. We need the judicial and courts systems to stop treating cyclist victims like rape victims that were 'asking for it.' We need Strict Liability. We need state driver's education programs, curricula and handbooks to stress how to handle slow-moving traffic in general and bicycles in particular.
This sort of '25 year desert' the US and its like-nations have to cross before we have a culture that respects bicycles in society has to start with understanding and upholding existing law. Like compound interest, the better things get, the better they become.
As it was with the American Civil Rights movement, nothing will happen until powerful people with nothing to gain take up the cause.