North of the Pearl Street intersection, a car driver stops to chat with a friend. This makes it difficult for cars to pass and a real problem for bikes.
This bike is in the left-turn-only lane, and he waited for the light to turn before taking a proper left. He was the only bike I saw using this intersection on Thursday at drive time.
There is a left turn only lane on the west side of this intersection, but half of it is marked as OK for parking. There is only one slot at the north for a left-turning car.
At the corner of Pearl Street, North Union is one-way north. The bike lane continues all the way to the intersection, which encourages bikes to 'filter' up to the light, and it puts them in a blind spot for cars attempting to turn right onto Pearl.