I was biking home from campus on a two lane street. The left lane becomes a left turn only and the right, a right turn only. I am riding on the right side of the left lane, i stop for the stop sign, along with a car. As i see the roadway is clear from all directions, i make a wide left turn as far to the right as i can manage, giving room for the car alongside me and then merge into the bike lane ahead.
Right after this i am pulled over. The cop tells me I had to wait behind the car at the stop sign, and gives me a ticket for "careless driving." I know as a cyclist i could take a full lane for my turn, but i believed it was acceptable to make wide turns outside of car traffic.
Florida state law says
316.151 Required position and method of turning at intersections.--
[c]"Left turn by bicycle.--In addition to the method of making a left turn described in paragraph (b), a person riding a bicycle and intending to turn left has the option of following the course described hereafter: The rider shall approach the turn as close as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway; after proceeding across the intersecting roadway, the turn shall be made as close as practicable to the curb or edge of the roadway on the far side of the intersection; and, before proceeding, the bicyclist shall comply with any official traffic control device or police officer regulating traffic on the highway along which the bicyclist intends to proceed."
have i been misunderstanding this law, should i be making a left turn from the right turn only lane? Or does this not count if i can use a full lane?
Also, are there any Florida cyclists who are familiar with the current citation fees? The officers who pulled me over were unsure of whether i would pay the regular motor vehicle citation of 100 dollars, or a bicycle violation fee of only 40.