I'm an avid, daily, transportational bicyclist and very 'vehicular' in my operation. I take the lane a LOT.
At the same time, I can recognize well provided bike lanes and ride in them as a vehicular cyclist without issue. If a bike lane is well provided, they are often a 'natural' placement, very proper and 'flowy' for lack of a better terms. their use is very smooth, even thru intersections and past curb cuts. By my own eyes, I can see bike lane design and placements improving in america.
To me, it is readily apparant a vehicular cyclist can ride in a bike lane vehicularily. As Bike Forums examples,
1) noisebeam, one of the forums' best video posters of vc can endorse bike lanes IF they are only on high speed arterials and end 200 feet before all intersections- a bit excessive IMO but hey, for noisebeam, these criteria make for acceptable bike lanes for him.
2) john forestor endorses? or begrudgingly accepts, some limited application of bike lanes that do not contradict with vehicular positioning rules.
3) Helmet head would often use SOCAL bike lanes vehicularily in the presence of faster, passing traffic.
4) The recent video links provided by invisiblehand of cyclistlorax twostepping VC in SOCAL traffic unsuccessfully edited out a diehard VC riding in a bike lane past a driveway- even the most diehard vehicular cyclists can use use bike lanes vehicularily IMO.
Yet I pose it as a question : can a bicyclist, if their own criteria is met, use a bike lane vehicularily? QUALIFICATIONS ASIDE can a bicyclist ride vehicularily in a bike lane? By 'qualifications aside, I mean if the bike lane already meets the riders criterea.
This is not a debate about how or why or what disqualifiies a bike lane from it's 'vehicularity', I'm asking AFTER the riders' criterea are met, can a vehicular cyclist ride vehicularily in a bike lane?