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Old 06-10-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Dealing with Highway Jams... HOW ethical are you...

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If you hit those 610 traffic jams daily due to accidents or crazy traffic and it slows down to a crawl... do you ride the emergency lane, or do you ride 5 mph or so between cars. Or do you sit and bake?

I saw at least 2 cars trying to split with the emergecy lane on sunday due to a wreck. I would think the chances of getting a ticket would be higher when a cop is riding in the emergecy lane, vs you splitting between cars (less noticeable). I also saw a cruiser hit the emergency lane. It has a lot of debris to get a flat... :/:

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Old 06-10-2008, 04:04 PM   #2
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I don't make a habit of it but I saw a Ninja sitting 2 cars ahead of me at the front of a stop light this morning so I split the cars to get up front with the other bike.

I usually sit and hang out, you don't gain that much time going 5mph over going 2mph
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:06 PM   #3
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If it's moving, I'll just sit and wait. If it's really not moving, I'll split lanes. I try to stay out of the emergency lane because debris and the possibility of emergency vehicles coming up.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:12 PM   #4
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depends on how close I am from my exit.
I normally try to sit and abide by traffic laws, but if I'm close to my exit I just loose the patience and take emmergency lane for a quick exit
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:14 PM   #5
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I can't stand houston summer-time weather in traffic on a bike. I think normal riding on the freeway poses more of a threat than lane splitting during "semi" standstill traffic. I think it's more unethical to try and block a bike trying to get around you in traffic.
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split if its stopped cuz even in creeping traffic houston drivers try to block you
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:16 PM   #7
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I ride the shoulder/emergency lane like there's on tomorrow. F sitting in sweltering traffic.

Don't tell Racer X or he'll tell you that people in other countries don't ride the emergency lane.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:21 PM   #8
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Actually, this thread makes me wonder...
How many of you cruisers split lanes?
I never get comfortable spliting lanes in fat cruisers...
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I can't stand houston summer-time weather in traffic on a bike. I think normal riding on the freeway poses more of a threat than lane splitting during "semi" standstill traffic. I think it's more unethical to try and block a bike trying to get around you in traffic.
Yea, what those bastards don't realize is that they are sitting comfortably in an air conditioned car, listening to their radios, while we sit in the hot sun, breathing in car fumes while we wait for traffic to move. It still amazes me at idiots that try and block me from lane splitting. But I just curse them out in my helmet when I pass them anyways.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:07 PM   #11
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I don't hit traffic usually but when I do I don't mind cutting infront of cars; but I don't split unless catching up to a group at a light.
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I'm always sooo tempted but to afraid some ahole would open up a door on me or do something stupid.
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I'm not as worried about drivers as much as tickets. But in congested 610 traffic, or 290, what are the odds that a cop will be ABLE to give you a ticket, and would they if you were being prudent and going no more than 10mph faster than traffic, staying maybe around 5mph?
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:14 PM   #14
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the emergency lane is safer with houstonians not being aware of lane splitters, but there is an incredible amount of debris there, so it ends up being better for the bike to split. If you are only going at 5 mph or less in standstill traffic, its not that bad, and if someone tries to squeez you in far in advance, just go behind them and to the next lane! WILL MAKE EM MAD!
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My husband actually got caught doing that about a month ago on his cruiser. The cop let him go because he said he was about to run out of gas and would have if he would have stayed sitting in traffic.
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I ride the emergency lane when I'm in the f#ck it frame of mind. But a lot of times I just sit in traffic BC I get tired of F#ck heads trying to run me over just BC they don't want me to get in front of them. I really wish the us drivers had more of a european mentality when it comes to bikes. :/:
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Emergency lane was the reason I laid my first bike down years ago. :P Too much sand and in that lane. Don't do it any more.
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Yea, what those bastards don't realize is that they are sitting comfortably in an air conditioned car, listening to their radios, while we sit in the hot sun, breathing in car fumes while we wait for traffic to move. It still amazes me at idiots that try and block me from lane splitting. But I just curse them out in my helmet when I pass them anyways.
a they think about is, "youre the idiot that wanted to ride a bike, so sit in traffic and deal with it." drivers can be though
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I will sit until I get nauseated from the fumes and heat... then I'll do whatever is necessary to get the h#ll outta there.
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I usually just sit and bake. I dont want to risk going in the emergency lane and getting a flat.
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