For the Examiner, in a piece titled "Cars, Trucks Block L Street's New Bike Lane Frequently," Liz Essley writes:
D.C.'s newest major bike lane on L Street NW is causing confusion for drivers and frustration for bikers, as truckers and commuters park in the lanes because they don't know they're not supposed to, or they don't care.
So, which one is it: do drivers simply not know or do drivers just not care? I have some reasons to think it's the latter.
By my count, there are 75 (!) signs that read No Standing or Parking Anytime between the start of the protected cycle track at 22nd Street, NW and its end at 12th Street NW, a distance of a little more than a mile (1.1 miles per Google Maps walking directions). That works out to an average of about one No Standing or Parking Anytime Sign for every 78 feet of the cycle track. While the signs are not evenly spaced, multiple signs are present on each block. You can see photos of each one of them here.
With this in mind, I think it is fair to say that regardless of who's blocking the L Street bike lane today, it's not because of confusion. You can dispute whether the cycle track is an unwise or unjust misallocation of roadway to a small minority of users (I happen to disagree, as do Mayor Gray, DDOT and the Downtown DC Business Improvement District), but there is no disputing that it is abundantly clear that those who park in the cycle track are doing so fully aware that it is prohibited.
Let's stop with the CONFUSION and call it out for what it really is: apathy.