This was my first day to try it out. I found it more harrowing than riding in a regular traffic lane. With short term metered parking there's a faster turnover of cars. Plus, as you can see up ahead in the photo, you have loading zones.
I waited behind this car for a few seconds before the driver finally gave up and drove off. When you think about it, waiting for a car that's having trouble getting into a parking spot or waiting for a car that's waiting to get into a parking slot occupied by a car that's about to get out is the same whether they're blocking the bike lane or the vehicle lane.
We all have to share the road. Be cautious and patient.
*** Update I put the wrong street name in the blog title. It's corrected now.
Biking Austin, TX
1 week ago