Janie asked: Are cyclists in a bike lane required by law to travel in the same direction as the traffic they are next to?
Yes. The bike lane is part of the roadway. If the bike lane is properly marked, it will have arrows for direction of travel.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(1) Every person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle ….
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (Adopted by the Florida Department of Transportation)
Bicycle Lane – A portion of the roadway that has been designated for the preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists by pavement markings and, if used, signs.