This was published by the local newspaper:
Linky here: The Law
Setting: About 18 cyclists burning off the stuffing early Friday morning heading up a Tuskawilla Road approaching SR 434. A Winter Springs police officer pulls in behind the group and beeps the group to signal that they should ride single file instead of two in a row. When the group doen't snap into line and instead actually widens as two cyclists rotate off the front of the line, the officer drives in front of the group and motions for them to pull into a service station.
Officer: (As he's herding cyclists off the road) I'm going to have to give you all a lecture now...Are you with a club?
VMOG [Various members of the group]: No, we're just individuals out for a morning ride.
Officer: Do you know what you were doing?
VMOG: Well, a couple of us were coming off the front of the paceline.
Officer: Let me tell you what you were doing. You were blocking traffic.
VMOG: Officer, Florida Statutes allow cyclists to take the lane as long as they're not impeding traffic.
Officer: You were impeding traffic. You were blocking me.
VMOG: Florida's cycling handbook prescribes that cyclists can take the lane if traffic can get around them and you had a second lane that you or anyone else could pull into to pass us. Are you familiar with the yellow handbook?
Officer: You mean the Yellow Pages?
VMOG: No, it's the state safety handbook for cyclists put together by the Florida Bicycle Association. It instructs us on the rules of the road.
Officer: (Silent at this point)
VMOG: We've worked with Metroplan Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Mighk Wilson and other safety instructors who advise us that it's OK to ride two abreast, especially with large groups, because it's easier for cars to pass a shorter, double line than a longer, single one.
Officer: Well I've gotten a lot of complaints about your groups.
VMOG: If we could use cell phones as easily as motorists, we'd call you too to complain about motorists who violate the law that requires them to give us three-feet of space...have you written any of those tickets?
Officer: (kind of mumbling something at this point and heading back in his squad car)...yeah, well, be safe out there.