"I agree. I find I'm a luke-warm advocate for bike lanes in general, but winter snow clearance is a major issue. The Jackson Blvd lane I take every workday is non-protected ("buffered"), and yet it is rarely plowed in the winter. This…"
"I agree. I was not thinking about new riders transitioning to the street.
There's another role bike lanes may play: they might possibly entice a motorist or two to swap the car for a bike because of the constriction of the traffic lane (!). Or…"
"I feel your pain in many ways. Bike lanes are frustrating when they're not respected by motorists, when they're not cleared of snow and debris and when the street they're on is just too narrow (to list a few I've observed).
"Earlier this year when I was using crutches and a boot, I frequently rode the #7 bus from Union Station to UIC. They almost always used the bike lane on Harrison; I do have to say that the driver would merge into traffic if there were a bicycle in…"
"That's a special person, and that's their personal left-turn lane. I see this often on Jackson between Desplaines and Jefferson, though less often since the lane markings were re-done. When it happens, it's *multiple* special people."