Join Date: Apr 2011
Bikes: Old steel GT's, for touring and commuting
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There's a short stretch of bus-only lane on Howell between Minor and Eastlake that I take occasionally. Mind you, in this case the bus-only lane is the MIDDLE lane. I once had a Sound Transit bus honk at me, but I still use it. It's a safer lane than the right hand lane getting onto I-5 or the one on the left where traffic is merging from, desperately trying to get over to I-5.
I've always wondered if this middle bus-only lane is actually legal for me to be in, but as I said, it is the safest option, and I'm not really slowing the buses down any. The one bus that honked at me, actually did so while I was stopped at a light and he pulled up behind me. Personally, as far as I am concerned, I'm going to operate as if any lane marked "bus-only" actually means transit and bikes and is just poorly marked, which would be par for the course around here as far as signage goes.