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Old 02-07-2015, 01:15 AM   #1
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Texas riders see introduction of lane splitting bills in House and Senate.

State Rep. Sergio Munoz (D-Mission) and state Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Bastrop) have introduced bills supported by Texas motorcyclists that would legalize responsible lane splitting practices in the state. Munoz’ H.B. 813 would allow riders to split lanes at a speed no more than 5 mph faster than other vehicles if traffic is moving slower than 20 mph. This bill also requires riders who split lanes to wear a helmet.The second bill, Watson’s S.B. 442, would allow riders to split lanes at a speed no more than 5 mph faster than other vehicles if traffic is moving slower than 20 mph. However, S.B. 442 would limit lane splitting to limited-access or controlled-access highways. If you want lane splitting it's time to contact your representatives & ask them to support these bills. I disagree with the many riders who think lane splitting is safer. Yet I support making it legal.
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They propose this every single time it's available to. I wouldn't hold your breath.
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My understanding is that some about the helmet requirement. Seems pretty stupid if that is accurate.
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My understanding is that some about the helmet requirement. Seems pretty stupid if that is accurate.
I think I'd give up the no helmet requirement for lane split.
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I definitely would lane split the way I do without a helmet. But I wouldnt do away with the right not to wear one.
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I definitely would lane split the way I do without a helmet. But I wouldnt do away with the right not to wear one.
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I definitely would NOT lane split the way I do without a helmet. But I wouldnt do away with the right not to wear one.

Again it's nice riding without one.
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I definitely would NOT lane split the way I do without a helmet. But I wouldnt do away with the right not to wear one.

Again it's nice riding without one.
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They propose this every single time it's available to. I wouldn't hold your breath.
Unscientific surveys suggest the majority or bikers want lane splitting. So they should stop holding their breath and write letters, make calls etc.
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This is great. Please use http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ to enter your home address, find out who your *state* (not federal) representative & senator are, and email them expressing your support of these bills. Tell your senator you support SB (senate bill) 442, tell your rep you support HB (ie, house bill) 813.

Can't be bothered to click a link and spend 2 minutes typing? Don't whine! Ask your friends to help, too.

Even better? *call* your senator & rep's offices in Austin, say the same thing. It has more impact when you bother to pick up the phone & talk to a human.

This is how such a call usually plays out:
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Hello, Senator Whitmire's office
Hi, who can I speak to about SB442? It's a transportation bill
Oh, that'd be Betty Boop - hold please
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Hi, this is Betty
Hi Betty, I'm calling to express support for SB442
Okay, are you in Senator Whitmire's district? (ie, should we give a flip about your opinion?)
Why, yes, I am!
Okay - do you mind giving us your contact info?
Not at all [cough up name/address/phone]
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That's it - nobody's going to engage you in a protracted argument about policies, make you cough up a SSN, etc. Quick & easy.
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Oh, and for the people saying they wouldn't support these bills due to the helmet requirement: incrementalism (ie, baby steps) is the path to success in politics. Get your foot in the door, get SOMETHING legalized, let a legislative session or two's worth of time play out, let the public start to get used to the idea, establish a track record of behavior, then go back for another bite at the apple.

That's how the liberals got as far as they did with whittling away our second amendment rights (frog/hot water); and that's how we're beating them back in state legislatures across the country - one step at a time.
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Oh, and for the people saying they wouldn't support these bills due to the helmet requirement: incrementalism (ie, baby steps) is the path to success in politics. Get your foot in the door, get SOMETHING legalized, let a legislative session or two's worth of time play out, let the public start to get used to the idea, establish a track record of behavior, then go back for another bite at the apple.

That's how the liberals got as far as they did with whittling away our second amendment rights (frog/hot water); and that's how we're beating them back in state legislatures across the country - one step at a time.
A great way to look at it. Such a small compromise that you get an entire action legalized. A few years when people are used to splitting it won't be an issue. I rarely see guys on cruisers with no helmet splitting anyways. Their apes and 300 series tires won't fit.
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I agree screw worrying about whether or not you have to wear a helmet. Just get the thing passed. If you're not wearing a helmet then don't split. Better than not being able to split at all.
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