Not mean to crash the party. However, since the guy shows up several year back, I found it easier to cross the on-ramp from the Madison St.
In the past, almost always (when I past there anyway), cars would stop right on the crossing bike lane to check the traffic. After the guy start showing up, I found that cars stop after the bike lane and I have easier time to cross. Is it just a coincidence? Looks like some of you have totally different perceptions.
Anyway, just my 0.02. Your mileages may vary.