Agree - dont get road pedals for commuting or start/stop/start/stop.... riding, they rarely engage on first attempt and are designed to connect you to the pedals for several hours of continuous riding.
Well one out of three (the last point you make about being connected to the pedals for several hours) isn't a total disaster....
Do you need to walk in your shoes?
If yes, then do not buy road pedals (except possibly the "granfondo" Shimano type). If no then go to next question.
How often do you need to stop at traffic lights?
If often - can you do track stands?
If you can't, avoid Time pedals. Consider speedplay,SPD-L or look.
If you can, avoid new Time pedals. Consider older version despite weight, if you can find some anywhere.
Will you use all year round?
If yes - avoid speedplay. I'd go for SPD-L Ultegra as best price/quality equation.
If no - choose speedplay. If you can't get in and out of Speedplay pedals then you should give up cycling as a bad job. They do need greasing often though.
Completed: 94 Stumpjumper w. M733; ; 92 Dave Yates 731 ; 97 Parkpre Pro-Elite ; Pace RC200 F6 ; Pace RC300; 82 Gios Super Record ; 97-8 De Rosa Giro D´Italia; ; Banani SPX Track bike ; 89 Alan/Mavic Cross Bike ; 05 Focus Cross Team ; 90 Look MI-80 all-Mavic ; 12 Focus Izalco Team/custom build ; 11 Focus Thunder Custom build
Projects : , Brouwer all-Mavic
Stripped : Pace RC303
Gone : GT Karakoram
Stayed in the family: Kuota Kharma, 04 Stumpjumper FSR
Ceased to be : Dynatech MT3, killed by corroded seatstays.