Last night was back to school night at the local high school. It's an urban school, next to a park. If one is willing to walk about three blocks, there is essentially unlimited, on-street parking around the school.
There's a bike lane on one of the roads directly adjacent to the school. When the school parking lot (recently expanded - an expansion that wasn't even vaguely questioned) filled up, people started parking their cars in the bike lane, though it's a no parking zone. I asked (okay, really told) a woman who was getting out of her car that she shouldn't park in the bike lane, she said "I've had a long day."
Downtown, the valet parking services typically use a bike lane as a parking lot for several cars, too.
These things make me angry, and I'm not sure why. I think it because parking in the bike lane is a metaphor for (or maybe an expression of) how people treat bikes, both on the road and as a form of transport. I think that it's not the parking that makes me angry as much as the attitude. Somehow, when I see people parking their cars in the bike lane, I feel as if I am drowning. But I'm not really sure.