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Old 02-08-2015, 02:21 PM   #61
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Those who haven't done it before, will now do it simply because its legal and get hurt.
So only smart people are willing to break the law and lane split? Are you trying say we are going to have a surge of accidents if it is made legal?

Look at California's safety record before and after...Are you saying Texans are dumber than people who drive in California?
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Likely the only splitting Mikes done is sportbiker route master type splittin. Not commuting splittin which requires real moto skillz


Exactly what I was thinking... Total poser, squiding it up in a matching gixxer/suit combo, weaving in and out of traffic at highway speeds.

Did you even read the way the laws would be written bro? It's going to be in virtually stopped traffic. Who changes lanes when another car is 1ft away from your bumper and stopped? It's not possible, they would rear end the person in front before going over far enough to hit you.
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Exactly what I was thinking... Total poser, squiding it up in a matching gixxer/suit combo, weaving in and out of traffic at highway speeds.

Did you even read the way the laws would be written bro? It's going to be in virtually stopped traffic. Who changes lanes when another car is 1ft away from your bumper and stopped? It's not possible, they would rear end the person in front before going over far enough to hit you.
Eh, maybe if traffic is goin 40 I'll go at least 45-50
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I'm in favor of it, and fine with the helmet requirement
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Called, emailed and Faxed my representatives. Sending a fax may seem dated but you can't delete a fax nor can you ignore it. A fat stack of thousands(optimistic) of faxes will give a tangible representation of our (the constituents) viewpoint.
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thats a good point
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i see nothing wrong with it. Very easy to do at 20mph
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:34 PM   #68
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I think a lot of people poo-pooing the idea of lane splitting are overlooking the fact that the bills filed in Austin this week only allow it when traffic is going 20 mph or less, and you can't split lanes more than 5 mph faster than the surrounding traffic.

Not exactly a death-defying feat, given those parameters.

And again, it's not *compulsory* to lane split, just becomes a legal option if you choose to avail yourself of it.

I was stuck in 5 miles of bumper to bumper, stop & go traffic on the Gulf Freeway inbound yesterday afternoon in a car w. two friends. Would have been great to filter to the front.

Something I haven't seen anyone else mention: in the hot summer months, being able to keep at least a little air flow over your body makes gearing up a more tolerable idea. Filtering means more time moving, less time baking under the Texas sun at a standstill.
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Something I haven't seen anyone else mention: in the hot summer months, being able to keep at least a little air flow over your body makes gearing up a more tolerable idea. Filtering means more time moving, less time baking under the Texas sun at a standstill.


Also not wearing out your clutch and boiling your engine coolant...I'm pretty sure those who ride and are opposed to this have never done any real commuting anywhere near the loop.
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Just what is it that makes us Americans so stupid when it comes to stuff like this.

The rest of the world on much smaller and more congested roads with blind spots left and right practice what call lane splitting regularly. So much so that theres not even a word for it. It's just part of riding a motorcycle and drivers expect that they will filter through.
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Something I haven't seen anyone else mention: in the hot summer months, being able to keep at least a little air flow over your body makes gearing up a more tolerable idea. Filtering means more time moving, less time baking under the Texas sun at a standstill.
Yup. Less time in the sun means less risk of dehydration. Does MSF still teach about the dangers of dehydration?
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and also some folks have a problem with their overheating...the moto that is
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Yup. Dehydration still covered in class

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Referred to Transportation today...

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLoo...84R&Bill=SB442
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Excellent. Its fair game to contact all the transportation committee members as well.
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Does anyone actually refrain from lane splitting simply because it is illegal?
I don't split because its illegal... but not for the obvious reasons. I'm not worried about getting a ticket really. I'm worried about getting hurt by some asshat who knows its illegal and is purposefully cutting me off in a vindictive manner, or squeezing me into another car. If they do that... I am most likely going to be found at fault since I was breaking the law, then on top of that I'll be cited, out of some cold hard cash, and my insurance rates ( as bad as they already are for no good reason) will be jacked too. Never mind the fact that my bike would be damaged and I would be responsible for fixing it up myself.

Once its legalized, and the ramifications mentioned above are mitigated... I will be more than happy to lane split. Not to mention once its legalized, it will hopefully lessen cagers anger at the act itself and reduce their impulse to pull stupid stunts to "stop" us from splitting ( aka, currently breaking the law).
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Letters sent. It would be nice not to have HCSO deputies threaten to arrest me over the loudspeaker when doing something studies have shown to be safer than sitting waiting to be rear-ended.
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Jesus, that's an ugly website...
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