I want to thank everybody who discussed this, I wanted to say I found several comments persuasive and I’ve had to Change My Mind, and so I wanted to say thank you.
@Astrobiker’s comments about enabling access for a wide range of citizens kind of jolted me that it’s not “all about me” and I think they’re quite right. @BuffaloBuffalo links to John Franklin (who I had not heard of) took me to things I can’t support.
I support equitable access to the streets, and I want that 8-year old and 70-year old to be able to ride in the city. I never considered bike lanes from an “accessibility” perspective.
I’m still going to take the lane, but yinz have changed my mind about Bike Lanes. Thank you.
Stand by for the Drudge headline: somebody changes mind in web forum.
Friendship Ave parklet inbound is a perfect example of how good intentions are dismally implemented.
The city knew they’d be moving to metered kiosks in less than a year and could’ve easily shifted the inbound parking lane to the park side of the street (as it is on the outbound side of the park, duh), providing a much safer track for cyclists.
It’s kind of mind boggling how ineptly the city can engineer a 3 block stretch of pavement.
I find Braddock Ave to be exactly the same as it was before the lane was installed. Shitty. Some days I just coast along the sidewalk and use the pedestrian signal at Forbes and Braddock. I don’t really know how to make it better.
The Regent Square Civic Association is working on some additional traffic calming measures but that’s probably years away. Turns out this shit is expensive. :)