Several mapped bike lanes our where I ride are on major through streets, running east and west and vice-versa. The one that is best does have the best pavement in the bike lane--this is the one you see most of the big-time bicycle dudes on. Others in the area are pretty horrendous, with poor paving in the bike lane itself (the paving is just dandy out where the cars run), missing pavement, poorly edged access covers for various things, and many, many 2 to 3 inch deep dropouts from someone digging throught the asphalt to get at something and then not back-filling correctly/adequately. And those drop outs always seem to be in the shade where they are harder to see, especially with sunglasses on due to a sunny day.
I get bored with riding the same streets all the time. . .
The next time I hit a dropout (like above) and whang my bike so hard it rattles my teeth, I 'm ridin' to city hall and am going to complain big time. I try to see this stuff, but I don't always catch it.
Why have a bike lane when parts are unride-able? Is it a status thing for a city?