Updated Sunday with NEW photos!upcoming bike lanes in Irving over at Cycle*Dallas (I'm STILL not sure he's being serious over there), bike lanes in NYC on CommuteOrlando , and even Rantwick with a SMOOTH bike lane, I thought I'd show a shot of our bike lanes in Bedford; one of the "Mid Cities" near where I live. The dashed line designates the left boundary of the bike lane. It's dashed because automobiles are allowed to use the bike lane when no cyclists are present. You'll note that we're thrifty in Texas. No unnecessary signs or paint are wasted. Instead, the money was spent making the bike lanes TEXAS sized!
I think it's a superior arrangement all round. The motorists keep the bike lane swept completely free of debris. I've never seen heavy traffic on this particular road. I'm not sure parking on it is illegal, but I've never seen anybody try it. It's a favorite of mine for north-south travel. It also has nice, smooth pavement.
When my mom was visiting, I took her down this road. She was pretty skeptical about the bike lane arrangement, but admitted it worked pretty much the way I said. I kept seeing her sneak over towards the curb whenever she thought I wasn't looking, so I'm not sure she really bought into it. I think it's all that time in Seattle with their sharrows stuck over where the cars park.