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Old 03-14-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Commuters, can you give me some tips?

I don't normally ride my bike to work, due to the terribad traffic. Buuuuut I crashed my car today so the bike has to come with me.

Only issue I have is heavy traffic.. Ill be on the freeway around 6-6:30 in the morning. Rush hour... The already gets my blood pumping in a cage with so many idiots shooting for the fastest lane whenever theirs is at a halt. I'm worried someone might stick their nose in front of my bike taking me out. I may even just get up extra early for the couple of weeks I need my bike and just take the feeder all the way to work LOL.

So do you guys who commute on bike has any extra tips for me to stay alive? I just want to cover all my bases. Should I lane split the left shoulder as much as I can? Or do you guys look down upon that kind of shiet?

Also I don't think I have an HOV exit near the general area in which I exit the freeways, otherwise I'd just do that.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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I don't normally hit the freeway in my commute, but my suggestion would be to stay in one of the far lanes. That way, you have an emergency exit route that is less likely to be blocked (the shoulder). Left lane means you don't have to deal with traffic getting on and off the freeway, as well.
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I stay in the far right side of the far left lane almost on the dotted line. If you stay in the left of the lane it may look like an opening in traffic to cars behind you, but on the right side you can see cars a mile ahead and behind you. If you need a way out there is plenty of room between the cars in front of you for an emergency.

Get a fluorescant jacket or vest and watch your mirrors when people in front of you brake. Don't use the shoulders or lane split, it's illegal and just aggravates people.

Look at what the motorcycle cops do when you see them, they spend their entire day on the highways.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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I don't normally hit the freeway in my commute, but my suggestion would be to stay in one of the far lanes. That way, you have an emergency exit route that is less likely to be blocked (the shoulder). Left lane means you don't have to deal with traffic getting on and off the freeway, as well.
Yeah, I kinda figured I'd stay in the left lane for most of my ride... But I still got butterflys. are gonna get close to me, I know it.

Another fear I have is those 300ft tall texas sized bridges, anyone else just avoid em like me? xD
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I ride everyday to work, I hit 45 to 59. I know where the heavy traffic areas like entrance ramps. I stay in the far lane until after that ramp. Or if the freeway is at a stop i take the feeder until the last entrance ramp. You will get the hang of it quick. Just stay alert.
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What is your commute route? I leave early to avoid traffic, like five thirty. Hov would be the best if you can manage it.
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I stay in the far right side of the far left lane almost on the dotted line. If you stay in the left of the lane it may look like an opening in traffic to cars behind you, but on the right side you can see cars a mile ahead and behind you. If you need a way out there is plenty of room between the cars in front of you for an emergency.

Get a fluorescant jacket or vest and watch your mirrors when people in front of you brake. Don't use the shoulders or lane split, it's illegal and just aggravates people.

Look at what the motorcycle cops do when you see them, they spend their entire day on the highways.
Guess you are right, I had someone swerve into me one time when I was on my way to a friends. There was an accident and I took the shoulder to the next exit.

I have a construction type vest Ima prolly use... Just remembered I had one
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Yeah, I kinda figured I'd stay in the left lane for most of my ride... But I still got butterflys. are gonna get close to me, I know it.

Another fear I have is those 300ft tall texas sized bridges, anyone else just avoid em like me? xD


The bridges are scary at first, then you will find yourself going a little faster each time.
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You know how your blood is already pumping in the cage? Well so are all of the others cager's. And you know what happens when they see a bike lane split and pass them up? They near have a stroke. I'd recommend you refrain from lane splitting. And try to maintain the most visible lane position. For instance if you're gonna be in the far left hand lane. I would generally be on the far right of the lane so that anyone in the middle lane would see me if they looked before they changed lanes. If you're in the middle lane, you will have to determine your best position in that lane. Usually when people merge onto the freeway, they will try to move over to the middle or left lane, so for that purpose, I would be on the far right of the middle lane if I were approaching an on ramp. Use the HOV lane as much as you can. And constantly scan your surroundings to any potential threats. Wear hi viz colors.
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The bridges are scary at first, then you will find yourself going a little faster each time.
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You know how your blood is already pumping in the cage? Well so are all of the others cager's. And you know what happens when they see a bike lane split and pass them up? They near have a stroke. I'd recommend you refrain from lane splitting. And try to maintain the most visible lane position. For instance if you're gonna be in the far left hand lane. I would generally be on the far right of the lane so that anyone in the middle lane would see me if they looked before they changed lanes. If you're in the middle lane, you will have to determine your best position in that lane. Usually when people merge onto the freeway, they will try to move over to the middle or left lane, so for that purpose, I would be on the far right of the middle lane if I were approaching an on ramp. Use the HOV lane as much as you can. And constantly scan your surroundings to any potential threats. Wear hi viz colors.
I shall try to do everything you just said.
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just lane split... you'll get there faster, and those aggravated people will be stuck behind you anyways.. j/k

no matter what you do, you'll end up almost getting hit, and will people off cause that's the way it is in the morning..
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I'd rather leave home early and stay late at work to avoid traffic. Those texting don't give a about you. Good luck, brother
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I usually stay on the right side of the far left lane, unless circumstances warrant being in another lane. Main thing is just to try to stay visible, while keeping as much space from other cars as possible.

May get flamed, but when traffic is dead stopped or crawling 5-10mph along, i'll generally lane split through until i'm past the congestion. Being stopped on the freeway/moving slow makes me nervous.
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I commute in traffic on the HOV lane only. the entry is behind my house. and the exit is at my works exit. So it couldn't be easier for me.
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do not do what the moto cops do.... They are some of the worst riders i have seen, weaving in and out of traffic no lights riding the shoulder. I dont care how many slow speed drills you do. When someone pulls in front of you while your cutting three lanes over, you are a grease spot.
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What he said, leaving home even Thirty Minutes is a lot less traffic then 6 o clock.
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I have only been commuting for two weeks so I'm no expert but this is what I have noticed.

Side streets are worse for me than the freeway because I am still wary of intersections and in rush hour red lights don't mean to people.

On the freeways I stay in the left lane to try and
limit the directions I can be run over from but don't be surprised when start using the left shoulder as their personal express lane.

Have an escape route at all times I try and keep at a position to be able to lane split if I need to escape the reading the newspaper behind me.

Be careful changing lane into the big area in front of 18 wheelers and buses because 9 times out of 10 there is a car doing the same thing from the other side.

Since riding next to cars is unavoidable in stop and go traffic take a look at what the driver next to you is doing. Are they watching the road or a on a laptop in the seat next to them?

All of the above has happened to me in two weeks of commuting. Be safe.

oh yeah and the traffic around the galleria sucks donkey nuts.
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Also isn't the XB9 air cooled? Stop and go will be a real if so. Just leave early to work and late from work with your head on a swivel. Turn your brights on and don't keep a steady line either, make yourself more noticeable. Even a little movement from the left side of a lane to the right side can help remind the cagers that you're there.
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