Even some of my bike-advocate friends had a hard time seeing what the fuss was about when the Florida Legislature sprang HB971 on us back in the spring. The requirement of riding in the bike lane, where one existed, didn't seem like a big deal, and it was hard for some bicyclists to imagine getting into trouble for using the motor lane where circumstances made that appropriate. Well, here's a law case from Texas in which a cyclist was convicted of reckless driving for "taking the lane" instead of riding on the paved but damaged shoulder. There's additional description of the Texas case here.
Thanks to Keri Caffrey for bringing this case to my attention on her blog, Commute Orlando.