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Old 12-21-2006, 05:30 PM   #1
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Lane Sharing

How does everyone feel about "lane sharing" here in Houston? Does anyone know if it is even legal or are you just taking your life in your own hands?
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:34 PM   #2
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It is illegal in Texas. I think California is the only state where it is legal?

I only do it if traffic is at a standstill or superslow and I have an exit coming up. I just use the 'multi-purpose' lane on the right side; otherwise, I don't want to risk a cager knocking me down by slamming a door open or doing some other roadrage jealous-kinda thing.

It is tempting though when you stand at a light and there are only a few cars in front of you and the gap is huge between the lanes ... sometimes I just feel like wanting to sneak through and be the first off the light. I wish that was legal.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:36 PM   #3
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lane sharing between two bikes? or splitting lanes?
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:38 PM   #4
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Splitting works fine in california and all over europe, i wish we had it here~
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:40 PM   #5
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:43 PM   #6
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Splitting works fine in california and all over europe, i wish we had it here~
It is not legal in most countries in Europe. In Germany, for example, they do it, but it is not legal. Big difference. :icon_bigg
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:51 PM   #7
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It is illegal in Texas. I think California is the only state where it is legal?

I only do it if traffic is at a standstill or superslow and I have an exit coming up. I just use the 'multi-purpose' lane on the right side; otherwise, I don't want to risk a cager knocking me down by slamming a door open or doing some other roadrage jealous-kinda thing.

It is tempting though when you stand at a light and there are only a few cars in front of you and the gap is huge between the lanes ... sometimes I just feel like wanting to sneak through and be the first off the light. I wish that was legal.

All bikers should rally together to get this law pass so we could stay ahead of traffic and out of danger. Splitting lane will help to avoid being rear ended. Another thought about lane splitting being legal, for bikers, we would know that it is legal. But, for automobile drivers, they might not know that it is legal and get mad and try to run you off the road or open the door to stop other bikers from passing.:dontknow:
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:00 PM   #8
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there is no way in i am lane splitting in houston, i seen way too many fking people switch lanes w/o looking and w/o signals PLUS THEY ARE ON THE PHONE!
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:14 PM   #9
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I do it every now and then, not very safe at all. I wouldn't recommend anyone trying it, too risky
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:15 PM   #10
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True, i wouldnt mind lane splitting in say.. Missouri, where i grew up, and people know how to drive. texas on the other hand has crazy drivers.
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:23 PM   #11
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there is no way in i am lane splitting in houston, i seen way too many fking people switch lanes w/o looking and w/o signals PLUS THEY ARE ON THE PHONE!
amen brother. that would just give them crazy drivers 2 for the price of 1!
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:27 PM   #12
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i've split lanes on numerous occasions in bumper to bumper situations to prevent my engine from over heating...that's been just about the only situation that I choose to do it in., and it's not like I am hauling .
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:45 PM   #13
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Just getting on a bike in Houston is Dangerous enough.. You really dont need to add lane splitting.

But saying that, I do it almost every morning coming up the freeway to work.
We just need our own lane for bikes.
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:57 PM   #14
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Lane splitting in Houston, I've done it but not a good idea. I call it the American your not getting in front of me first attitude and they will try to run you over. I just got back from Italy and scooters and bikes everywhere lane splitting you name it, more like controlled chaos but it worked. I wish it was like that here people respected bikes and actually know how to drive.
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:06 PM   #15
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i do it all the time in heavy slow traffic situation (i.e. rush hour, backed up from accident, etc.) also at a light that just turned red and you know your gonna get caught at it again before u get to it. i only do it then cause you not goin that fast and if someone decided to pull a road rage you could stop almost instantly (if your payin attention and expectin it) otherwise not recommended in houston lol
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Splitting works fine in california and all over europe, i wish we had it here~
is legal here since sept 2005

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT
relating to the operation and movement of motorcycles during
periods of traffic congestion.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 545.060, Transportation Code, is amended
by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
follows:
(a) An operator on a roadway divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic:
(1) shall drive as nearly as practical entirely within
a single lane, except as provided by Subsection (e); and
(2) may not move from the lane unless that movement can
be made safely.
(e) The operator of a motorcycle may operate the motorcycle
for a safe distance between lanes of traffic moving in the same
direction during periods of traffic congestion if the operator:
(1) is at least 21 years old;
(2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator
training and safety course under Chapter 662;
(3) is covered by a health insurance plan providing
the operator with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries
incurred as a result of an accident while operating a motorcycle;
and
(4) operates the motorcycle:
(A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
over the speed of the other traffic;
(B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
miles per hour or less; and
(C) in a location other than a school crossing
zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20
miles per hour or less.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.

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Old 12-21-2006, 10:28 PM   #17
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is legal here since sept 2005

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT
relating to the operation and movement of motorcycles during
periods of traffic congestion.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 545.060, Transportation Code, is amended
by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
follows:
(a) An operator on a roadway divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic:
(1) shall drive as nearly as practical entirely within
a single lane, except as provided by Subsection (e); and
(2) may not move from the lane unless that movement can
be made safely.
(e) The operator of a motorcycle may operate the motorcycle
for a safe distance between lanes of traffic moving in the same
direction during periods of traffic congestion if the operator:
(1) is at least 21 years old;
(2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator
training and safety course under Chapter 662;
(3) is covered by a health insurance plan providing
the operator with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries
incurred as a result of an accident while operating a motorcycle;
and
(4) operates the motorcycle:
(A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
over the speed of the other traffic;
(B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
miles per hour or less; and
(C) in a location other than a school crossing
zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20
miles per hour or less.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
This was entitled to be made.. but was it passed? do we have a pass date?
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:28 PM   #18
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^ where did you find that? I've been told that it did not pass.
http://home.ama-cycle.org/amaccess/l...t.asp?state=tx
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:42 PM   #19
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^ where did you find that? I've been told that it did not pass.
http://home.ama-cycle.org/amaccess/l...t.asp?state=tx
i just saw a cop walk into work and i was going to ask her if she knew anything, but as soon as i was about to ask her, she turned around jumped in her car and took off
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:47 PM   #20
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haha! never there when you need 'em huh?
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