I was riding up Margaret Ave. this afternoon. The bike lanes are being painted! They appear mostly complete. Between Guelph St. and Union St., they’ve moved the yellow line and painted the bike lanes and some parking areas. Between Victoria St. and Union St. they still have a bit more work to do. They haven’t moved the yellow line yet, so they’ve only painted the bike lanes where there are no parking areas. Even so, I felt like I had my own space riding on Margaret Ave. today. The cars stayed a little farther away from me. My one area of concern is the island in the middle of the street near the Breithaupt Centre and the Giant Tiger store. It narrows the roadway quite a bit. I’d hate to have a car try to speed by me right in that spot. I’m not a fan of these islands. I know they install them to make crossing streets safer for pedestrians, but I feel like they make cycling less safe. There are quite a few islands on Queen St., a street I ride on to get to work and back. I usually check my mirror and them move out into the middle of the lane to prevent any cars from trying to speed by when the road is narrow and dangerous. After I’m past the islands, I move back over nearer to the curb. How do other people feel about islands in the middle of roadways? How or where do you ride when passing them?