I must say I disagree with you on almost everything you have said. But that's my right as it is your right to express your opinions too.
Which of my facts do you disagree with?
Bicycles simply don't mix well with peak period traffic. Period. They are not as quick, cars need to slow down to a crawl behind them. They are difficult to pass. They cause more pollution because of these things.
Nonsense. Every bicycle on the road is taking up eight times less space than a car. In Melbourne there are 12,000 bicycle trips a day; if each of those were replaced by a car do you really think traffic would flow better? Of course not.
As for the passing issue, hey guess what? You can get past a bicycle, but you can't get past the car in front of you that's stopped in traffic. If he was a bicycle you'd get past him to.
Your logic is fatally flawed.
I would be in favour of seeing rule 141 changed so that bikes have to obey lane rules in the same way that cars do. They often use an entire lane (and that seems fair) so why shouldn't they also have to use them in the same way as other road users?
Because there is no compelling reason to do so.
What you're saying is that if you have to wait in a car because you've chosen a grossly inefficient way to travel then I have to impose the limitations of your choice on my vehicle. You have to suffer so I have to suffer.
For what? What benefit to society can that provide? Or is it just to appease your ego because in peak hour I'm faster than you?
I believe cycle lanes are appropriate and that they would help traffic flow by keeping bicycles out of the way of other traffic.
That is their primary function.
I now believe, after reading this discussion, that it would be appropriate to ban bicycles from certain roads during certain periods. Notably, roads that are too narrow to accomodate a cycle lane and carry a great deal of faster moving traffic, especially during peak periods.
Banning bicycles from such roads will not improve traffic flow one iota, it will only serve to increase congestion because there will be more cars on the road. Even if there were no extra cars because all the people who use bicycles went to public transport there would be no impact on traffic flow.
I'll say it again, cars use up eight times the road space that bicycles do. Cars cause congestion, bicycles alleviate it.
Cycle lanes are there for the benefit of motorists just as much as they are there to help cyclists.
Some would say that bike lanes are there more for motorists than they are for cyclists. Bikes belong on the road, they do not create congestion and they certainly don't creat
Here's something else for you to chew over. I commute 30kms each way every day. I carry a fair bit on the bike;tools, laptop, clothes, food (lots of food). Every day my trip takes between 60 and 70 minutes.
On a good run in peak hour a car will get in to the city in 50 minutese pollution.