A local cyclist wrote me that he was recently riding down the right hand side of Penn NW on the section where the new bike lanes are being installed. A police officer, not MPD, but some other federal police force, pulled him over and told him that "the city’s spent too much money putting in this lane for you to be riding in the 'car' lane." The cyclist didn't even realize bike lanes were going in. The officer asked "Don't you watch TV?" He doesn't. The cyclist didn't want to make trouble so he moved over into the bike lane.
The lane still had orange cones up and DDOT doesn't want cyclist using it until it's finished - because it's unsafe until finished.
And, cyclists are not required to use bike lanes.
Hopefully this kind of thing will work itself out when people become used to the new lanes. But if this happens to you, PLEASE get their badge number and name and let me know so that WABA can follow up with the correct unit. I'm not trying to get anyone in trouble, but just want to make sure that law enforcement officials are enforcing the law correctly. And I bet this officer wants to do the same.