In New York
Where I live there are some new cycle lanes. I never use them because they're so stuffed up with everything except bikes. I prefer to take my chances on the road - it really feels less dangerous.
There's been a ruling in this country which actually helps. It is not mandatory to cycle in the cycle lane. As you say, they are not upheld - too many parked cars etc. Also shared cycle / pedestrian paths - if ou cycle at more than walking speed, eg a road cyclist training then you do should not use them as your speed is likely to put other users and yourself in danger.
I use roads not cycle paths. I certainly don't cycle on the pavement, that is far too dangerous.
Anyway very intersting.
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