Bike lanes, which offer less protection from motorized traffic at least are integrated with the rest of the street grid, and are generally more direct. But on fast-moving suburban arterial roads, they aren’t ideal without separation. This is where the side-of-road path comes in.
In Mississauga and Brampton, there are many new side-of-road shared pathways, which follow major traffic arterials such as Derry Road and Bovaird Drive. These shared paths are similar to sidewalks, but are paved with asphalt instead of laid concrete, are wider, easy and inexpensive to install, and don’t take space away from automobiles and trucks. But they have their drawbacks.