Euan wrote:They created bicycle boulevards which were a little out of the way of the main traffic routes, about 5-10 minutes difference or so.
Oh, there's their problem.
For a start, 5-10 minutes on top of a normal Danish commute would be almost a doubling of time.
Besides, there's no need for a quiet route to take longer.
Sorry to keep harping on it as The Example, but does Canning Street take longer to ride than Nicholson or Lygon? Not at all. Yet almost everybody would agree that designating Canning to be part of a bike route from the Inner North is a much better idea than putting intermittent stripes and bike symbols in the gutter of Nicholson Street... but only where it's convenient.
My current (fairly stable) routes to work at the moment are similar. A block across from the main roads. They are just as fast, except for the lack of priority at intersections. And that's easy to fix if somebody if Ballarat Council decided to declare these back streets to be bike routes and ensure they're a clear run. Would require some traffic calming to allow locals access to their homes but to ensure it doesn't become an alternate through-road for cars... like, permeable "no entry bikes only" barriers at the start of every second block or so. But doable. Been done in other places. FTR, the main roads I'm paralleling have bike lanes, with "end bike lane" / "start bike lane" signs at every significant intersection.
Another alternative would be to follow a proper made bike path along the creek. It goes mostly the right direction, but it's a bit out of my way, and it's down the bottom of the valley so I need to get down there and back up. So I don't.