State law for years has required shoulder widening for bicycles as part
of paving where economically feasible. Right of way is not the problem in
most instances, since state and local ROW is usually 50 ft or more (we are
talking outside of downtowns and village centers here!).
Yes, it is cost prohibitive and we will not get get paved shoulders of
four feet in the next century or ever, even if that were desirable, which in
many cases it is not. Acceptable shoulders, 2-3 feet, still is probably
unattainable, but may be sought in isolated rode segments and links where
demand exists--it needs to be looked at a judged from the regional level and
below. Rep. Karen Kitzmiller has been making a vallient effort in this
area--mostly without much fanfare. Part of the problem is the lack of
definitioin of what it is we as bicyclists want, where we want it, and over
what time frame.
My own sense continues to be that by attacking the downtowns and
village centers and residential areas (see George Plumb's draft mission
material elsewhere) this in turn will lead us to where the actual needs are
as bicycle (and pedestrian) modes blossom.