Well, it was nice while it lasted.
Here are a couple views of the new curbside bike lane on First Avenue North.
Downtown drivers were starting to get used to the new regime where they parked to the left of the bike lane.
But with the snow the markings on the pavement and the distances to the curb are obscured. That means double trouble for the bike lanes.
First, the bike lane becomes the snow collection zone, both for plowed snow from the street and for snow cleared from the sidewalk by the businesses. I saw a city plow on the street when I was shooting this, but with the cars parked where they are, there's no way to get the blade close to the curb.
The longer the snow remains unplowed, the more it will be compacted by parked cars, people getting out of cars to plug their meters, etc. Unless we have a total melt or a warm streak that allows the plows to clear down to the pavement, the bike lanes will be an obstacle course of bumps, ice, wheelwell chunks and misaligned vehicles for the rest of the winter.
I'm not blaming the drivers here. It's more a problem with putting a San Diego design in a Minneapolis climate.