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Old 10-13-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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walking bike in between traffic..

Walking bike inbetween traffic at a red light to get up ahead.. is it legal? Is there a provision to "share the road" like in California?
Its dangerous and enrages cagers, but some consider it a safety advantage to get away from traffic as well as timing advantage since you pass as much traffic as possible.. i've been told its safe until the light goes green, that's when you should pick a lane, and stick to it.. what do y'all think, how can we verify this is legal?
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Old 10-13-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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The law doesn't specifically say one way or the other, but there are several statutes that may come to bear depending upon the circumstances, i.e. right of way, obligation to drive in a single lane, signal intention, passing with safety, etc. Motorcycles are considered equally as cars regarding traffic laws, so the single lane, signal intention and other statutes in the Transportation Code could come in to play.

The main statute that makes "lane splitting" illegal is Transportation Code Section 545.060, entitled "Driving on Roadway Laned for Traffic."

An operator on a roadway divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic: shall drive as nearly practical entirely within a single lane; and
may not move from the lane unless that movement can be made safely.
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It is NOT legal in Texas
It's safer cause it prevents you from being rear ended, that trumps legality in my book
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Sorry I passed you on your right... I need to get to the closest restroom available bro! Lol
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:35 PM   #10
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I believe it's only legal when cops do it; otherwise, it's illegal.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:42 PM   #11
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i hate when im lane splitting and theres a cop in traffic im passing up -__-
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Do u mean lane splitting?
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:17 PM   #13
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TAKE IT TO THE TRACK
Does it hurt to be that dumb??
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Always remember rule #1:
NO COP, NO STOP

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I would guess that it's illegal "by default". In this situation, you are either:
(a) sharing a lane with another vehicle, illegal; or
(b) riding (/walking) the white line inbetween, also illegal

Given light to the fact that motorcycles are allowed to park 2-abreast at lights, I'd say it's technically ok in the hypothetical event that there's a line of bike on only one side of a lane, all single file, and you're riding/walking past them up to the light or as far as you can go.

There is also the fact that bikes can overheat while sitting (e.g. at long lights) - thus allowing you (sometimes) to get away with reasonable things, like cruising very slowly on a shoulder, provided you get back into your proper spot in line. *Ahem* depending on who pulls you over.
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Not really legal technically but isn't specifically outlawed.

I did it daily for about a year when i was commuting. No problems, just jealous drivers that couldn't do anything but sit and wait while i putted on ahead.
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When I lived in South Fl. I lost a friend/co worker like this in 1999. We were riding to work and he would do this all the time and get to work 5 min faster then me. One morning He he "split the lane" to get to the front he was 2 cars back from the intersection the light it turned green. A lady ran the red light and T- boned him at 50+mph. He died the next day. Is it worth it... I think not.

Riding a bike is like flying a plane every thing you do can add up putting you behind the 8ball and you get killed. Stay a live and have all your fun at the track.
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