From a WTOP story on the new downtown BID artistic bike racks.
During the unveiling of the new bike rack, which feature bright red bird cutouts, as many as 15 cars cut through the barriers that separate the L Street cycle track from the lanes for motor vehicles.
One man stopped and rolled down his window to answer a reporter's question: Did he know he was in the lane designated for cyclists? "Yeah" he said. When asked why he stated simply, "Because I'm parking in this garage."
He motioned to a parking garage on his left and moved on. But had he travelled a few more feet, he could have made his turn legally. The bike lanes feature broken lines to indicate where drivers can cut in to make their turns.
D.C. Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh, a cyclist herself, noted that the driver had Virginia plates. But he wasn't alone. She watched as a number of cars did the same thing -- cutting through the flexible bollards, crossing over a solid line to get into the cycle track.
Seeing another large white truck make the same move she said, "It's happening again!" and then spotted the bright red "D" logo. "Now, see, that's completely unacceptable! Our own government truck?"
It was a D.C. vehicle.
Cheh says the continued conflicts between motorists and cyclists are a sign of the District's transition from a car-centric downtown to one where "pedestrians have their sidewalks, cyclists have their cycle tracks, cars have their lane."