Putting the question out there as I'm curious to know how people feel about this in general.
My wheels are firmly in the "I don't ride footpaths" camp. As a cyclist I don't have a right of way on those paths, and feel that being there on a bike is detrimental to the efforts of others who work hard to secure better access rights for MTBers. If I'm walking on a footpath with my family I don't want to come across MTBers, so won't inflict that on others either.
The thing is it puts me off going for a ride with my mates sometimes as I know they don't have the same view-point. Ironically, one of them will happily ride on footpaths, but take great exception to finding a motocross biker on a bridleway ... double standards surely?
Anyway, those are some of my reasons for not riding on footpaths. What do you do and why? Not looking to start a heated debate. Just curious about other's views.