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#1 I filter frequently in heavy traffic (WHEN ITS STOPPED) 45 54.88%
#1 I never filter 32 39.02%
#2 I have been pulled over for filtering and it wasn't good! 1 1.22%
#2 No LEO's i know care, and i never get pulled over despite daily doing it. 27 32.93%
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:52 PM   #21
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I filter (or lane-split) every time I ride my bike to work. I do it on my way to work, and on my way home. Im always very careful and as someone else had said, I go between the cars only when they are stopped at a light, and i roll at about 10 mph or so.
Only once have I "kinda" had a run in with a LEO. As i was filtering, there was a cop care 2 lanes over from me ... when he saw me, he hit his lights, but there was nothing he could do. he was stuck in traffic, the light turned green, i went on my merry way and i think he got caught at the same light again so i never saw him again. And his back windshield said "TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT"
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so no one here that splits frequently has ever gotten pulled over for it?
to acknowledge that question would be jinxing myself
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:02 PM   #23
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I filter (or lane-split) every time I ride my bike to work. I do it on my way to work, and on my way home. Im always very careful and as someone else had said, I go between the cars only when they are stopped at a light, and i roll at about 10 mph or so.
Only once have I "kinda" had a run in with a LEO. As i was filtering, there was a cop care 2 lanes over from me ... when he saw me, he hit his lights, but there was nothing he could do. he was stuck in traffic, the light turned green, i went on my merry way and i think he got caught at the same light again so i never saw him again. And his back windshield said "TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT"
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:35 PM   #24
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Im not answering the pole because none of those answers are what i'd say

I have done it but I would'nt say often.

And I'v never been "caught"
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:43 PM   #25
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i lane filter when neccesary, cause it is dangerous but ive never been caught. and i think that if a big rig does it why shouldnt i be able to ride on the shoulder. i see people doing it in boats, THERE ISNT EVEN ANY WATER THERE!! cops too, even when there is no emergency. it was clear traffic one day and a cop passed me in the shoulder at like 80.(did this just to off thread starter because im rebelious like that)
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:22 PM   #26
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:52 PM   #27
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i guess the best i've done is i'll ride up like i'm going into the left turning lane at a light if there is a LONG line of cars, then cut in to the straight lane if i see an empty space between a car....

I'm actually quite the NONspeeder and crazy, but i've noticed the LONG traffic lines daily make me a bit of a wannbehooligan.... I did it today and the car honked and both husband and wife looked angry like "what the???" and inched close, i looked through at them my tined visor, waved my finger/hand like i was saying ok, hello? and looked ahead, then left them in the dust promptly moving through traffic..... .

Kind of made me laugh.... i think its easier to get away with riding up in a turning lane then "realzing" and cutting back in an empty spot. Cars do that all the time, so i figure i don't cause any extra space to be taken, and it would be i think a less serious ticket if i got pulled over than riding between cars. I think i'll reserve actually splitting for miles of stop and go etc, like with a train @ railroad tracks or an accident where everyone is just sitting and no movement, otherwise ride up the turning lane (have to watch for cars darting out), and then merge back in, without making it flambuyant, like i'm just merging back in...... I think it would be less of a serious thing to a traffic enforcement officer.... ((( people do very strange and dangerous driving on 1960 and seems like no one ever gets pulled over for anything, so i figure merging back and forth doesn't immediately raise the eyebrow like riding in between cars etc))))
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:15 PM   #29
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wow.... scary, so if someone edges up like that, next time i'm taking off and moving further up ahead, most drivers just ignore you, but if you pull in front of them when they are just sitting there, they have time to sit, boil and get mad and move up on you.....

So principle, if you do it, go all the way to the front and don't just sit and cut in and expect no one to mow you down!
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Any other comments daily commuters? I commute FM 1960 daily, would you filter to any light on your commute, or have a rule of 10 or more cars etc? Complete stop or going less than 5 mph?
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I COMMUTE PEARLAND TO DEER PARK.

AND FILTERING IS LIKE GETTING CUTSIEZ YOU NEVER LOOK BACK AT THE PERSON YOU JUST CUT.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:36 AM   #32
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i don't do it regularly and try to only do it if i can actually make it to the light before it turns green. i don't like riding between moving vehicles.

also, never seen a cop while i was doing it so i can't really provide an answer for #2
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so,... never look back, meaning people get , and better not stress out and only worry about whats ahead!??

So if there was 2 cars in front of you would you filter to front or wait and just manuever through them once things got going....

AND I'M referring to doing this on a daily basis in traffic on a commute.
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so,... never look back, meaning people get , and better not stress out and only worry about whats ahead!??

So if there was 2 cars in front of you would you filter to front or wait and just manuever through them once things got going....

AND I'M referring to doing this on a daily basis in traffic on a commute.

yes
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I only have 3 lights on my way to work and a few stop signs. I do whats safe at the time.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:59 AM   #35
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if i had to sit in traffic and there was a big enough gap that i could safly go through to the light (most people are so close together that you have to squeeze a bike through) then I would do it. but if im like 30 cars back from a light that cycles every 2 mins or something short then ill try to find a safe way around via parking lots or side streets unless i can squeeze to the U-turn lane and then get over as the traffic starts to move
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:12 PM   #36
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Due to the idiots on FM 723 toward Rosenberg, I will filter at a light to get to the front. But, that is the only time I do this.
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:59 PM   #37
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Just my 2 Cents worth.
Filtering or lane sharing as its called in the legal world is legal int the great state of texas.
see below

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 545.060, Transportation Code, is amended
by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
follows:
(a) An operator on a roadway divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic:
(1) shall drive as nearly as practical entirely within
a single lane, except as provided by Subsection (e); and
(2) may not move from the lane unless that movement can
be made safely.
(e) The operator of a motorcycle may operate the motorcycle
for a safe distance between lanes of traffic moving in the same
direction during periods of traffic congestion if the operator:
(1) is at least 21 years old;
(2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator
training and safety course under Chapter 662;
(3) is covered by a health insurance plan providing
the operator with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries
incurred as a result of an accident while operating a motorcycle;
and
(4) operates the motorcycle:
(A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
over the speed of the other traffic;
(B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
miles per hour or less; and
(C) in a location other than a school crossing
zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20
miles per hour or less.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:17 PM   #38
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Just my 2 Cents worth.
Filtering or lane sharing as its called in the legal world is legal int the great state of texas.
see below

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 545.060, Transportation Code, is amended
by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
follows:
(a) An operator on a roadway divided into two or more
clearly marked lanes for traffic:
(1) shall drive as nearly as practical entirely within
a single lane, except as provided by Subsection (e); and
(2) may not move from the lane unless that movement can
be made safely.
(e) The operator of a motorcycle may operate the motorcycle
for a safe distance between lanes of traffic moving in the same
direction during periods of traffic congestion if the operator:
(1) is at least 21 years old;
(2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator
training and safety course under Chapter 662;
(3) is covered by a health insurance plan providing
the operator with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries
incurred as a result of an accident while operating a motorcycle;
and
(4) operates the motorcycle:
(A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
over the speed of the other traffic;
(B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
miles per hour or less; and
(C) in a location other than a school crossing
zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20
miles per hour or less.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.

Very Interesting.
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THAT was not passed. Died in committee, they never did anything or got to it.... contact representative Gary Elkins who is considering resubmitting bill like this due to my request for research on this issue.... That would make a stir and be a major step towards legalizing
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:10 PM   #40
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so you guys are telling me that you daily lane split and NEVER have gotten pulled over for it?
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