The wisdom of my city council is manifested in bike lanes on the same street as my local high school & mall. The problem is that the street, when full of parked cars, is already somewhat narrow, especially with the large SUVs in both lanes. These new bike lanes only squeeze the cars closer together and put the cyclist in an awkward position at right-turns. The bike lane is on the right, but as you approach the intersection, there is a sign that says bicyclists must yield to cars, then the bike lane splits to the left so we have: center divider, #1 lane, #2 lane, bike lane, right-turn lane. This means the bicyclist, being in the proper bike lane, is now wedged between 3 cars/trucks/SUVs at the stop light. It would have been much better to just not put any bike lanes in to begin with and have bicyclists merge behind the cars in the #2 lane while waiting for the light.
These new bike lanes seem to make cycling around the mall and high school more dangerous, which is the exact opposite intention (unless you are cynical and believe the city council was just trying to win brownie points for being "environmentally friendly"). Would I get in trouble if I did not use them?