So, yeah, wrap your head around this: If novices will only ride if we paint lanes because they feel safe in lanes, are we not, then, defeating the purpose by correctly ending the lanes before the intersections and indicating central travel lane positioning with sharrows? Novices won’t command the street because they “need” a bicycle lane. So shouldn’t we, then, paint the lines right up to the intersections as they have done in Portland, Oregon (where right-hook crashes have been deadly)? More dangerous, yes, but novices apparently feel safer.
Conclusion: To increase participation and make novices “feel” safe, we have to build stuff that’s dangerous.
Thus another reason why I care more for safety and real traffic skill/knowledge than increasing participation.