I think what breaks my heart when I’m Traveling at the Speed of Bike around my suburb city is that there are so many good intentions, like with this bike lane. Someone advocated for it. Someone approved it. Someone built it. But then you ride it, and it doesn’t work (although BikeNoodle helps).
And then when you think about sharing your lived experience — that a less-than-three-feet-wide unprotected bike lane on a busy business-district road with a posted speed limit of 45 mph (which is often exceeded) is not exactly a good thing (which may be why you hardly ever see anyone riding on it), and maybe that honesty can be helpful to someone else (maybe even positive change is actually possible) — you know no one really wants to hear it. And you’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place then, despite everyone’s good intentions.