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Old 03-25-2015, 11:38 AM   #1
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Lane splitting?

I'm still a little new to riding and there have been a few times I had the opportunity to lane split. I know it's technically illegal in tx but I know people still do it. Just wondering what the consequences are. Anyone got a ticket for it? Are there any situations where it is legal?

I'm not talking about doing 60 in bumper to bumper traffic but squeezing through every now and then can't be too bad... Right?
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I'm still a little new to riding and there have been a few times I had the opportunity to lane split. I know it's technically illegal in tx but I know people still do it. Just wondering what the consequences are. Anyone got a ticket for it? Are there any situations where it is legal?

I'm not talking about doing 60 in bumper to bumper traffic but squeezing through every now and then can't be too bad... Right?
Depends on the cop
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:47 AM   #4
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If you are lane splitting in bumper to bumper traffic it will be hard for a cop to indicate they want you to pull over.
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If you are lane splitting in bumper to bumper traffic it will be hard for a cop to indicate they want you to pull over.
Unless the cop uses an available shoulder
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I've encountered several cops while doing it and they don't seem to care (although I fell back in line the second I noticed them, however)
I would like to think most of them are aware that they do at as well and will let it slide as long as you are splitting responsibly.

In short it depends on the cop as to whether he pulls you over, let's you go, or what he puts on the tickets for the offense. There is no "lane splitting" offense, but it could fall under several categories.


Be careful. Stay in 1st or second gear, keep both brakes covered(i keep the clutch covered as well), tuck in your mirrors and get ready to off everyone who's driving a jacked up truck in sight. It's surprisingly thrilling.

Also keep in mind your visibility is a lot better than theirs. You have the advantage of being more likely to spot them first, so keep a look out. Also as long as you aren't riding the shoulder it's even harder for them to spot you.

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Unless the cop uses an available shoulder
Or records your license plate and says you are running.

Hopefully they change the law one of these years.
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Alright, guess I'll just have to try my luck. My route to work is on the beltway feeder (no ez tag) and I get stuck behind slow people who like to make a rolling road block... Thanks for the feedback
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Everything Shelnutt said. Plus, try and keep an eye on their mirrors/tires. It will give you a heads up as to what they're about to do. Every now and then you'll encounter the really cool people who actually make a little space for you.
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Alright, guess I'll just have to try my luck. My route to work is on the beltway feeder (no ez tag) and I get stuck behind slow people who like to make a rolling road block... Thanks for the feedback
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this ignore feature is really nice lol

I split by them several times, not a one did a thing. Posted pics of it here in one of my filtering threads
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I had a HCSO sheriff deputy threaten to arrest me for reckless driving because I was riding the line at about 5mph between lanes of stopped cars on 59. I saw him ahead and figured he'd already seen me at that point, so why bother stopping. He yelled at me over his PA as I passed him. I did get over into the lane (which was started crawling at about 5mph) and stayed there until he exited the hwy though.
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My only concern is what happens when some decides to open a door into my bike or something ridiculous like that. True, doing this doesn't make sense to rational people, but rational people are not the ones I'm worried about. I've only split a few times and when I have, people have gotten hella .
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you should be going slow enough to stop, then slowly pull up and shut it for them.

That is what I did, and the guy just sat there with his jaw gaping.

Or go around on the other side.
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you should be going slow enough to stop, then slowly pull up and shut it for them.

That is what I did, and the guy just sat there with his jaw gaping.

Or go around on the other side.
Yeah, I'd think that in most cases you'd be right, because people would normally open their door to prevent the rider from progressing rather than purposefully hit him, but there are some stupid people in the world that would open the door at the last possible second so you inevitably hit it, even if you're going very slowly. Or even hit the rider with their door directly as he passes. I'm sure that's a fringe case, but I'd really rather not get hit with some crazy 's door. And if I do, I'd expect their insurance to pay for the damage to my bike, which would probably be like pulling teeth given the dubious status of lane splitting in Texas.
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That would be an assault charge against them or something like that.

It's not a motorist job to play traffic cop, much less try to enforce anything with the intent to cause injury or property damage.

Lets say you see someone speeding, what if you sideswipe them to make them stop. That is not an accident, that is a criminal act.

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That would be an assault charge against them or something like that.

It's not a motorist job to play traffic cop, much less try to enforce anything with the intent to cause injury or property damage.

Lets say you see someone speeding, what if you sideswipe them to make them stop. That is not an accident, that is a criminal act.

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You're right, it should be. If someone verbally threatens your life, there's repercussions for that, and so should this.
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^ been discussed in many threads, but I got smacked by a car - not the door - the driver pulled hard left and hit me with his car. Wish I'd had a gopro for that one.
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^ been discussed in many threads, but I got smacked by a car - not the door - the driver pulled hard left and hit me with his car. Wish I'd had a gopro for that one.
And what ever came out of that?
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