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Old 01-15-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Question Advice riding 59 between loop and Sugar Land

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I have been riding this stretch of 59 a bit more. A question for the expert freeway riders out there please: and that is best lane choice. I generally opt for the lane next to the inside to avoid the highest speed cagers on the far left. This also avoids entry and exit traffic. Of course, I use common sense and scan all the time: sides, rear and way down the road. Trucks and their huge blind spots, especially when they group up and block traffic give me the puckers.

There appear to be some specific, very nasty spots: the worse is outbound from Houston, near the B8 entry ramps. Another is anywhere Chimney Rock and 59: I avoid this area completely.

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Old 01-15-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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I always opt for the fast lane. that area is just a madhouse as it is.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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coming in from sl to bw8, ride the hov!!! its there all the time for use. after that, i would stick the far two left lanes.
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IMO,
I don't believe there is a BEST lane to stay in, anywhere, I feel riding requires constant adjustment and positioning in a lane, as well as on the road overall. Just riding in a lane hoping that your presence alone will keep you safe, to me, is dangerous. Keeping a "safe zone" allows adequate space for reacting to the many hazards of the road.
The actual surface condition of the road, the obstacles that can appear, the vehicles that do the unexpected, all require constant vigilance and adaptation.
Getting comfortable and in the "groove" can create a slower reaction time to emergencies situations.

the HOV is nice, and the Chimney rock area is "bumpy", the fast lane is for fast, and going faster than the flow is better.

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IMO,
I don't believe there is a BEST lane to stay in, anywhere, I feel riding requires constant adjustment and positioning in a lane, as well as on the road overall. Just riding in a lane hoping that your presence alone will keep you safe, to me, is dangerous. Keeping a "safe zone" allows adequate space for reacting to the many hazards of the road.
The actual surface condition of the road, the obstacles that can appear, the vehicles that do the unexpected, all require constant vigilance and adaptation.
Getting comfortable and in the "groove" can create a slower reaction time to emergencies situations.

the HOV is nice, and the Chimney rock area is "bumpy", the fast lane is for fast, and going faster than the flow is better.

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you are correct. and while one should be constantly evaluating, in THAT area, there are people constantly merging on and off the freeway. alot of time at the last minute. the farthest left lane offers the "safest" area because it is the least likely to have a non-attentive driver merge onto you. plus it also offers you the ability to put full attention to monitoring 1 less side (left side) for people out to do you harm.
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.............. the farthest left lane offers the "safest" area because it is the least likely to have a non-attentive driver merge onto you. plus it also offers you the ability to put full attention to monitoring 1 less side (left side) for people out to do you harm.
I can agree w dat,

I also like having the "shoulder" (on either side) as an escape route, or move/cut forward, when traffic stops
also, the far right (also 1 sided) can have a better flow in certain areas during heavy traffic times.
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I agree with those who ride in the leftmost lane and the fact that moving faster than the rest of the traffic helps keep you more visible to others. I would not recommend riding in a lane that puts you between traffic just because you're at more risk with traffic on both sides of you.
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...and watch your speed out on the left most lane on the downhill part after the curve when you pass Chimneyrock/Westpark before Hillcroft, I've been nailed for speeding as the Traffic Enforcement Occifer was at the bottom of the hill with his radar gun just waiting...
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I ride at +10 and only use the far left lane for passing. You never know when some douche in a cage might come up behind you hauling azz while texting.
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I ride at +10 and only use the far left lane for passing. You never know when some douche in a cage might come up behind you hauling azz while texting.
this actually can happen in any lane. esp the slower (right) lanes. where people are texting while they exiting or reading directions while exiting. on the phone while filtering.
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I ride HOV to and from dt every day. But if I have to use freeway and the HOV is closed or opposite direction, I personally take the leftmost lane and I stay as far left as I can like ArtistMarty said; that way I can jump on the shoulder in case someone from the lane to my right decides to jump into my spot w/out checking or using a signal. (Happens all the time unfortunately...)
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this actually can happen in any lane. esp the slower (right) lanes. where people are texting while they exiting or reading directions while exiting. on the phone while filtering.
Yea, anything can happen at any time at anyplace

I've ridden more than 36,000 miles in less than the last 3 years, so I kinda know how drivers behave.
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All,

Great advice, thanks for sharing! I need to adjust from cager strategy to biker strategy on the freeways. Most of my 59 riding will be on weekends, forget commuting it is too stressful me on my bike. Leftmost lane on 59, going +5-+10 will result in 75 to 85 mph: Mr. Police Officer bait. I have issues with that.
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i also prefer the fast lane when riding on the highway, and i'll stay towards the right third for max visibility. i'll swerve a bit to the left when im passing others just in case. if a cager is coming on me fast or riding my , and the middle is wide open, ill move over and let him pass.

too many idiots cut over to the right lane for an exit.
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Fast lane for sure. I tend to keep in the far left lane.

I normally enter 59 from the entrance ramp closest to West Belfort, commute all the way to Hilcroft then exit.

So, staying in the furthermost left lane is good when you have people entering 59 coming off of the Beltway. Don't hang around the cages, either in front of or behind em. Blind spots, watch out for em.

Every now and then there will be a random piece of road debris, always watch out for conditions on the road. A few months ago I was caging it and exited at Hilcroft like my every day routine, and notcied a rock the size of a grapefruit laying directly in front of me (in the exit lane).

If your on a bike and your following to close to the vehicle in front of you, you may not see road debris like this.

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