A lot of the problems are drivers attitudes towards us, I used to frequent truckers forums when i was a driver and the bullshit that comes out of some drivers is unreal, they find it competition and fun to try and cut up a cyclist.
So for me i will stick to quiet roads on the road and busy roads on the pavements. Another point is i have been trying to get my mrs into cycling but she will not go anywhere near the roads as she's petrified of them.
All fair points Simon, and maybe we're just lucky here in that we don't have to put up with all that sort of crap - generally speaking, it's a very cyclist friendly place where I live. In fact, many's the time I've been tooling along on my SS (spun out at 15mph then...) and an HGV has patiently sat behind me until he could get a clear bit of road to overtake me safely - I always give a wave of thanks and they always acknowledge this.
In fact (at odds with everyone else on this subject, it seems) I find truck drivers and bus drivers to be probably the most courteous drivers here.
The worst are the "thrusting young executives" (dickheads with too much money) in their Subarus and BMW X5's etc. I can't be doing with them, and that's not just their driving either.....