A couple of people have sent me links to this video of New Yorker Casey Neistat, who graphically demonstrates why it is not always wise to ride in a bike lane.
I empathize. On my way to work on Friday, my bike lane was obstructed by a cement truck and tractor with flatbed trailer, both of which parked in the bike lane, even though there was designated street parking (totally empty) not 50 metres ahead of them.
Add to that, my personal irritation with the boulevard grass-mowers, who have been dumping clumps of mown grass into the bike lane.
It's not storage space, people! Sheesh.