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Old 04-01-2016, 05:28 PM   #161
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:34 PM   #162
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Sorry, I was referring to the section of CA's traffic code that governs passing when stating that the two codes are not identical. As I stated earlier, it is that section governing passing that each State apparently relies on in their interpretation of lane sharing.

Texas does not allow cars to pass within the same lane (as we know), but does allow the use of the shoulders in cases. Whereas CA does not allow use of the shoulders, but instead allows the lanes to be shared and stipulates that cars being overtaken must move to the outside of their lane or edge of the road. Texas does not make that stipulation, which alters their view or interpretation of what is practical when it comes to vehicles being able to remain entirely within a lane.

In CA you can be ticketed for riding the stripes, based on the section of their code that you've pointed out as being the same as Texas. So in that regard both States agree.
Then why did you quote an irrelevant section of the Texas traffic code earlier when I asked which section of the Texas traffic code was responsible for making lane sharing illegal?
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:14 PM   #163
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Then why did you quote an irrelevant section of the Texas traffic code earlier when I asked which section of the Texas traffic code was responsible for making lane sharing illegal?

Because it applies. Texas courts are currently of the opinion that a car/truck in a lane of traffic does not leave room for a motorcycle to ride along side and still be able to remain entirely within the lane. That is commonly referred to as "opinion of the court" or "court interpretation of the law."

I currently do not agree with Texas courts in their current opinion or interpretation on this matter. But my opinion doesn't mean when I'm trying to explain to a judge how they are misinterpreting their laws.
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Were you on a Multistrada? I think I saw you.
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No. Red Honda 919. Between 6:40 and 7am.
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Think I learned my lesson 2 years ago with Houston cagers. Was passing traffic and a car did a u-turn right in front of me last second. Slammed into the front of the car. Broke my back in two places and 4 ribs. All healed up now with no surgeries. But I'm leary of passing through now. Hard lesson learned.
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I've developed a bad habit of passing slow traffic in the HOV lane. I've lane split heavy traffic on the freeway a couple times too.
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Haven't heard much on what's going on with the status of this or where it's at as far as becoming legal. Are we almost there? Not even close? Just wondering.
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doubt there's been much progress, but I don't care too much either. Drivers are getting better about it with each commute. I know I ain't the only desensitizing 290 drivers when traffic is nearly idle. There are 2 or 3 other guys I see doing it on a fairly regular basis as well during my commute times.
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doubt there's been much progress, but I don't care too much either. Drivers are getting better about it with each commute. I know I ain't the only desensitizing 290 drivers when traffic is nearly idle. There are 2 or 3 other guys I see doing it on a fairly regular basis as well during my commute times.
Right. Ya that stand still traffic bites.
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Haven't heard much on what's going on with the status of this or where it's at as far as becoming legal. Are we almost there? Not even close? Just wondering.
Now's the time to start writing your state reps to put a bill in. Pre-filing for the 2017 session starts in November, and pre-filed bills have a better shot of making it through committee.
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Here's an amended version of the letter I sent to the reps and senators last year. Feel free to use it, just PAY ATTENTION TO THE BOLD AT THE BOTTOM and edit accordingly depending on if you're sending it to a representative or senator.

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I am writing to request that you introduce a bill that would allow for lane filtering on motorcycles and mopeds in stopped and slow moving traffic.

The NHTSA recognized that it is safer for motorcycles to remain in motion than to sit in stop-and-go traffic due to the risk of rear end collisions. Because of this, the NHTSA allowed motorcycles on HOV lanes, even when not carrying a passenger. Like rear end collisions, heat exhaustion and dehydration (covered in both the Motorcycle Safety Foundation curriculum and the Texas DPS Motorcycle Operatorís Manual) are real dangers for motorcyclists. In addition to reducing the likelihood of rear end collisions, lane filtering would reduce motorcycle ridersí exposure to heat during the summer months.

A less immediately apparent benefit to lane filtering would be the reduction of congestion on Texas roads, as it would free up spaces in traffic for cars and trucks. Currently, there arenít enough motorcycles on Texas roads to see a huge impact on congestion, but according to TXDOT, the number of registered motorcycles more than doubled from 2000 to 2010. If this trend continues, it will not take long for the effects of lane filtering on congestion to be seen in metropolitan areas.

There are many videos available on the Internet that show motorcyclists speeding and weaving in and out of traffic that is already travelling the posted speed limit, but this is not lane filtering. It is reckless driving, and laws are in place to penalize drivers that operate any vehicles in this manner. Lane filtering, performed when traffic is moving at 20mph or less, is extremely safe and efficient. California and most European countries have allowed lane filtering for many years, and New South Wales, Australia recently conducted a study that led to the legalization of lane filtering in 2014. The synopsis of that study can be found here:

http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov....ring/faqs.html

To allow for safe lane filtering, provisions in the bill should include, but not be limited to:
1. Traffic can be travelling at no more than 20 miles per hour.
2. Filtering is prohibited adjacent to oncoming traffic.
3. Filtering can be performed at no more than 10 miles per hour above the speed of traffic.
4. Vehicles are prohibited from blocking or attempting to block the progress of a filtering motorcycle or moped.

I understand the pre-filing for the 2017 legislative session begins in November 2016, and I ask that you file a bill in support of lane filtering during this time. If another [Representative Senator] files a similar bill, I ask that you co-sponsor it. Thank you very much for taking the time to consider and to listen to support for lane filtering. Like thousands of other motorcyclists, I eagerly await lane filtering in Texas becoming a reality.


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Got an email address for the state reps? Appreciate you taking the time to write the template, btw.
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Got an email address for the state reps? Appreciate you taking the time to write the template, btw.
. Just saw this. Your Reps depend on your address. Go here to find out who they are:

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

House transportation committee:

http://www.house.state.tx.us/committ...?committee=470

Senate transportation committee:

http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/se.../c640/c640.htm
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Got this response from Larry Taylor's office:

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Thank you for your correspondence concerning lane filtering for motorcycles and mopeds while traffic is either stopped or moving at 20mph or less. Our office has received your request and will discuss the matter with Senator Taylor as the 85th Legislative Session approaches.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Best Regards,

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This is good.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...ow-their-lead/

An article to forward to your legislator.
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