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Old 02-07-2015, 05:55 PM   #21
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There are real safety benefits to this, according to AMA research and real-life reports from real-world riders in CA and elsewhere in the world. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation do not oppose lane-splitting and have encouraged further study:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/p...orcycle51.html

The key is to do it properly and responsibly. I've sent in my support letter and encourage everybody to do the same.

These bills are what's called "revenue neutral", other than public service campaigns to educate the public, so shouldn't be that hard to push thru with the support of and loud voice of Texas riders.
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In places that are either more safety oriented than Texas (Europe) or where government is more controlling (Europe and California), lane splitting has been allowed for years. It is time that Texas, where freedom and personal responsibility is (or should be) more valued, would allow for lane splitting.
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There are real safety benefits to this, according to AMA research and real-life reports from real-world riders in CA and elsewhere in the world. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation do not oppose lane-splitting and have encouraged further study:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/p...orcycle51.html

The key is to do it properly and responsibly. I've sent in my support letter and encourage everybody to do the same.

These bills are what's called "revenue neutral", other than public service campaigns to educate the public, so shouldn't be that hard to push thru with the support of and loud voice of Texas riders.
Ha well there you have it.

MSF is not opposed to lane splitting.
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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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Because it comes with no net loss of rights. The only restriction comes when you are splitting which is not specifically legal currently.
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Then why pass it at all? Combine the general stupidity of Texas drivers and the overwhelming stupidity of your everyday uneducated rider, this is a very bad idea.
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People .. including myself on occassion ... are already filtering (splitting) in traffic on main lanes and at intersections. Make it legal so people stop trying to open car doors on bikes. It will only take a couple local news stories of people getting tickets and/or assault charges filed for taking a bike down with a car door or squeezing them in traffic for people to get with the program.

You are in no more danger from the average driver who does not pay attention to his/her mirrors in the first place than you are now. It will be "rage driver playing judge and jury" you will have to worry about until a few get fined for trying to block a bike filtering.
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Then why pass it at all? Combine the general stupidity of Texas drivers and the overwhelming stupidity of your everyday uneducated rider, this is a very bad idea.
Then don't do it. If lane splitting seems like a bad idea, then stick to rolling coal and leave the lane splitting to the guys that think it's a great idea. This isn't a mandatory law...
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Then why pass it at all? Combine the general stupidity of Texas drivers and the overwhelming stupidity of your everyday uneducated rider, this is a very bad idea.
Stupid happens with or without this bill passing. Stupid also happens in both sides of the fence. I'd go as far to say that most of us have split at one point or another, and some do it regularly. I do understand that opening doors from the caged traffic is a real threat but let's be honest, how often does it REALLY happen? As far as unawareness or ignorance of drivers, this crowd should be educated as ever as we ride in Houston, and you should take on lane splitting in the same light.
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Then don't do it. If lane splitting seems like a bad idea, then stick to rolling coal and leave the lane splitting to the guys that think it's a great idea. This isn't a mandatory law...
Its a bad idea to make it legal. Try and keep up with the thread, Poopsie.
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Who's telling anyone how to do anything? I'm stating my opinion like anyone else. So here's a tissue to wipe those tears.

And you don't ride either.
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Stupid happens with or without this bill passing. Stupid also happens in both sides of the fence. I'd go as far to say that most of us have split at one point or another, and some do it regularly. I do understand that opening doors from the caged traffic is a real threat but let's be honest, how often does it REALLY happen? As far as unawareness or ignorance of drivers, this crowd should be educated as ever as we ride in Houston, and you should take on lane splitting in the same light.
So cagers opening their doors is the only danger you can think of? Honestly, that particular scenario was the furthest thing from my mind.
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So cagers opening their doors is the only danger you can think of? Honestly, that particular scenario was the furthest thing from my mind.
The dangers are pretty obvious. Cars doing sudden lane swaps, and the guy who thinks he can block you by moving over. Etc etc. Experience of the rider would probably be the biggest danger after too much speed.

I was only addressing that particular problem because it was brought up and it seems to be a constant in the lane splitting discussions across many states and forums.
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Not to mention the riders themselves and their invincibility issues. I'd be more apt to legalize wheelies on the highway than this. Jmo.
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Out of curiosity, has any one ever had that experience or known someone who has had the experience of a car opening a door during a lane split?
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