If you dare. If you have a strong stomach—or a stiff drink on hand—go have a look at this masterpiece:
Cyclists do not have the same rights as motorists on roads
by CARL SCULLY, former roads minister
Then, if you’re so inclined, come back and paste into the comments the paragraph that most annoyed you. There are just so many, I can’t choose.
I like trails for the sake of trails. I like the quiet interlude. I like the access they sometimes provide. I don’t consider the road unsafe. I don’t consider trails to be safer than the road—the safety of both is mostly dependent on the users. However, it’s important to recognize that badly-designed trails can be unsafe and are far more common than badly-designed roads. Any time someone from the car culture wants to build replacement infrastructure for you, be afraid, be very afraid.
Where there are roadway safety issues, it is almost always a result of irresponsible behavior by road users. Suggesting bicyclists be removed from the road because they are in danger (or worse, their presence causes danger to others) is nothing more than endorsement of inattentive and irresponsible driving.