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I would have told the officer to ticket me and then fought it in court. Pretty quickly you would have found out what was legal and what wasnt.
When I ride, I ride as close to curb as practical as our local highway traffic act dictates but it doesnt define practical so sometimes that means I take a full and complete lane.
If it was illegal to impede traffic then you wouldnt be allowed to walk, drive a tractor or even slow down to make a turn.
I call BS on the cop and you might actually want to go to local police headquarters and ask the commanding officer for clarification on the local law.
I don't understand the argument or the law if it ever was actually true. If a slow moving vehicle such as a tractor, or other construction/farm vehicle would have to take that road, would they have to drive on the sidewalk? The law here even states that, as a driver, you are allowed to go over the lines on the road if it's to go around cyclists, construction, farm machinery or other slow moving vehicles.
I've riden for over 25 years on city roads and driven for over 20. I've been exclusively using roads and sometimes bike paths. Absolutely never would I think of using a sidewalk. When I'm driving, I happily go around cyclists. In which case, I actually feel guilty of not being on my bike as well.
You'll ruin your knees!
Although I prefer to run, I ride and am in Texas (McKinney). I use the bike as key cross training for running and I will occasionally ride to/from work as an alternative to driving. I ride 100% on public roads. Unless the road is posted as prohibiting bicycles, it is legal for you to ride on the road...While the code I pasted in below doesn't specifically answer your question, it seems pretty clear that it is OK to ride on the roads. In fact, if the lane you are riding in is less than 14 feet wide, it is totally OK for you to "take the lane" and ride down the middle rather than over to the side... you DON'T have to share a lane with a car! A 4 lane road with 35 mph posted speed is, in my opinion, a GREAT road for biking... I work hard to stay off 2 lane roads with posted speeds of 40 or higher!
Anyway, print this out and carry it with you... politely show it to the officer if he/she stops again.
Good luck and stay safe!
From the Texas code...
Sec. 551.103. Operation on Roadway.
(B) too narrow for a bicycle and a motor vehicle to safely travel side by side.
""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)
Puttin' on the foil
In all honesty there are no safe(good) places to ride. Bike paths are taken over by slow families walking 5 wide. Roads are full of people who could care less if they scare you into the ditch or hit you. Lance Armstrong was hit many times in Texas as he stated in his book. In my location there have actually been 2 people hit in the last week by cars that witnesses have reported as intentionally hitting cyclists. Be careful, know your rights, and find a group to ride with. There are usually begginner groups in bike clubs and then racing clubs too in most areas.
That is the wrong way to think - and if its true - come visit me in Eastern Washington and I'll take you on a century ride where I'll guarantee you'll see more cows than cars.