I'm not sure whether I like this or not. I tend to be one of those who thinks that we need to integrate bicycles, not segregate them.My thoughts as well. I an generally not a fan of bike paths and tend to usually avoid them when there is a choice between a bike path and riding on the road. The notion of a tour entirely on a bike path doesn't appeal to me much. That said I was impressed by the awesome bike paths in the Frisco/ Breckenridge area when we passed through there when riding across the country.
They have a place though and I know that there are folks who prefer them. When my daughter was too young to safely ride on the road, it was great to ride the North Central Trail.