It's great when the weather is nice and people move all the way over so I basically have my own bike lane for 5 blocks or so. However, when it gets rainy, or when large vehicle drivers use the right lane, it get's annoying. Last week when it rained for a month (at least that's what it felt like), I was on my way into work when this person came way too close to me so they could avoid spray from the cars in the left lane. Does that make sense? Risk running over a guy on a bike instead of getting your car sprayed?
Then this morning, it was perfectly fine out, weather-wise, but again along that section, a MAT bus (specifically a 2002 version, number 11 to Downtown, that hit 42nd and Leavenworth at about 7:15am) came way too close to me as I was in the "parking" lane. Had there been a parked car there, he would have been running over it. Yes, that's a large vehicle, but I'd think he'd fit in the right lane without needing to spill over into the "parking" lane. But he did anyway. This has also happened with school buses and large delivery trucks. Hopefully, the plan is to paint some bike lanes along this route so people will know that I'm SUPPOSED to be there and will give me some room. But that is probably more wishful thinking.