When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.
– H.G. Wells

Found here.

This is something I have often wondered when seeing new paths in parks and how often they are less than ideal and promptly ignored.

Let pedestrians define the walkways | Derek Sivers
A new green college campus was built, but one thing was still debated:
Where in the grass should we put the paved walkways?

Some felt the walkways should be around the edges, to leave the center green and untouched. Some felt the walkways should cut diagonal, connecting all buildings to all buildings.

One professor had the winning idea: Don’t make any walkways this year. At the end of the year, look at where the grass is worn away, showing us where the students are walking. Then just pave those paths.