There are lots of opinions and feelings about cars and cyclists sharing the road, but it seems to be a fact of life for the time being- neither cars nor bicycles are going away anytime soon, so co-existence is pretty much a survival necessity (at least for cyclists). However one feels about shared lanes and "sharrows", they do raise awareness and the legitimacy of the bicycle as a vehicle on the road. Here is an example in bike-friendly Olympia, Washington.
Planning and preparations continue apace for the 2010 Bicycle Commuter Contest. We're lining up sponsors, working on a theme and graphics, preparing our printed materials and looking forward to April and May! Stay tuned for news as we progress.