You see, I ride mostly in New England and the Northeast. And I ride year round- that means in snow, in sleet, in freezing conditions, often in the dark. Our roads are old, the infrastructure of Boston and NYC dates back to cow paths and push carts. The streets are narrow and crowded. Our winters cause frost heaves and potholes, our underground gas lines were installed in the late 1800's, spring leaks all the time and need to be dug and re-dug countless times so roads are patched and bumpy. I say this not by way of complaint but just as a reality. But maybe you've ridden places like this so there's no need for me to tell you.
In any case, for many of us here a bike lane is a positive. It marks an area in the road where we would most likely be riding in any case and while a portion of it may overlap a door zone most of the experienced riders have enough wisdom to stay away from car doors and still ride within the lane. If there is debris or construction in the lane we use hand signals when possible and move out of the bike lane and proceed around the obstructions. There is not an expectation here that the bike lane will be perfect, that no one will ever park in one, open their door into one, jog in it, step into it while on their cell phone and stand like a sedated cow being led to slaughter, all of those are things that, over time, we learn to anticipate and through experience and patience deal with as best we can.
My guess is you have it pretty good in Hawaii in your bike lanes. I'm sure they are not perfect. I am sure they are not the Garden of Eden of bike lanes, I'm sure they have their challenges and with responsible, open minded input could be improved upon but I'll bet a fair share of riders appreciate them being there. But I could be wrong.
This is from another thread on a similar topic and worth reposting since I couldn't have said it better myself. This is also from a rider with many years and many miles under his belt.
Originally Posted by Joeybike