I received a ticket the other day for taking the lane. I moved from the right lane to the left so I could get into the left turn lane which was approaching. I didn't cut anyone off or inhibit traffic because nobody was behind me. Apparently, the cop was unaware of my right to make this maneuver and wrote me a citation while I tried in futility to explain that I needed to get into the turn lane before I was cut off by any cars and that nobody was even behind me. He said I was supposed to wait until I was at the intersection and cross the two lanes of traffic perpendicularly (as to ensure a collision) and then make my turn.
For the record, Florida law states: "A cyclist may make full use of the left lane in order to make a left turn." So I don't see how I was breaking any laws.
I'm going to court to contest the ticket, but I'm still really pissed and wanted to rant.