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Old 09-16-2008, 06:21 PM   #1
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Traffic lights out = lane splitters

Not usually a lane splitter...but with all the backups at intersections where the power is out I couldn't help myself over the past few days. Found out the hard way that people do not like to see motorcyclists cutting in line. I expected some honks and cursing, but didn't expect drivers to go so far as to try to close the gap between lanes so that I couldn't fit through!

Understand from previous posts that there are people for and against lane splitting - any riders out there who switched sides (temporarily) since the hurricane?
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:25 PM   #2
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Im pretty sure ill lane split more, especially if traffic is backed up forever, I know some people don't like it but I don't want to be burning up in my full gear.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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welcome to Texas! I had that done to me a couple of times some years ago, and now I just don't lane split. Its just the basic concept that if they have to be miserable so does everyone else.
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The intersections without lights are dangerous enough without lane splitters. Not to mention all of the frustrated people from lack of fuel, food, etc. It is a bad combination to add lane spliting into the mix IMHO.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:22 PM   #5
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at a light? No... too tight with people off, with traffic? Yes. As long as I can move away from those ticked off I'll go for it, but not when they are just a car length away, not with the wackos we have..... And I advocate splitting... but not in that type of tight situation, a car door becomes very feasible, as well as some angry person getting out to "have a word". I'll wait till I can move through and keep moving, not get stuck with Carfulls of angry houstonians. ....
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I'm all for lane splitting and think it should be made legal. I wouldn't try lane splitting in these conditions. Just too many crazies out there. Stupid cagers...

I don't see splitting as cutting if you don't get back into a lane before crossing the intersection. The same amount of traffic moves through plus one additional unit (motorcycle). If anything splitting helps traffic move.
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Yeah the crazies are out in force. I had to slam on the brakes and swerve cause the guy just assummed that the light was out like all the others. Then he yelled at me cussing me out lol. I just pointed up at the light which was green as day and red on his side. Lol.
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Yeah the crazies are out in force. I had to slam on the brakes and swerve cause the guy just assummed that the light was out like all the others. Then he yelled at me cussing me out lol. I just pointed up at the light which was green as day and red on his side. Lol.
Had a similar issue the other day myself. I almost got into a wreck going through a green light because the lady just assumed it was out before looking to see that it was red on her end. As we both gave our thoughts in 4 letter words I think she realized she ran the red light.
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lane splitting is fine by me but for smug prius drivers in downtown watch out i had a guy go so far to open his door to stop me from pasing him...
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:38 PM   #10
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Not usually a lane splitter...but with all the backups at intersections where the power is out I couldn't help myself over the past few days. Found out the hard way that people do not like to see motorcyclists cutting in line. I expected some honks and cursing, but didn't expect drivers to go so far as to try to close the gap between lanes so that I couldn't fit through!

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i am doing it everyday and ppl get , right on eldridge before 529

if they get more power to me
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:43 PM   #11
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I'm with some of the others....in these conditions, NO! Too many crazies out there right now
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:36 PM   #12
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The intersections without lights are dangerous enough without lane splitters. Not to mention all of the frustrated people from lack of fuel, food, etc. It is a bad combination to add lane spliting into the mix IMHO.
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I have seen a lot of near misses because drivers were staring at some of the destruction on the side of the road and running through intersections and swerving into other people's lanes. I will be playing it safe and staying on the defensive for sure.
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I'm in the opposite situation. I'm a lil liberal about lane-splitting when things are normal, but it's not hot (and I, unlike some people I know, have been wearing full gear despite the temptation ) and I'm in no hurry to get anywhere in particular, so I just wait it out with the rest of the slobs. Civility is a mighty thin veneer, and it's taking a pretty hard scrubbing this week--be patient and wait.
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I'm in the opposite situation. I'm a lil liberal about lane-splitting when things are normal, but it's not hot (and I, unlike some people I know, have been wearing full gear despite the temptation ) and I'm in no hurry to get anywhere in particular, so I just wait it out with the rest of the slobs. Civility is a mighty thin veneer, and it's taking a pretty hard scrubbing this week--be patient and wait.
not me i wont i wont stay there that long just because a red light blinkin

if i can get away with it i will that is one of the advantages of riding
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yesterday I was gonna post on here and say that it sounds like a good way to get shot with the way tempers are right now.
but today I was sitting in a LONNNNNG line of traffic I really wished I was on my bike. haha
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not me i wont i wont stay there that long just because a red light blinkin

if i can get away with it i will that is one of the advantages of riding
I'd say you're pretty safe. Even the crazies know it's best not to make eye contact with you Pester.
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I've been splitting recently. Especially after just spending 8 months in Cali, guess it wore off on me.
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I've been splitting recently. Especially after just spending 8 months in Cali, guess it wore off on me.
Yeah in San Jose the biker cops lane split !!
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Yeah in San Jose the biker cops lane split !!
Yeah it's a totally different bike world out there. I couldn't believe it. They split even if the freeway traffic is going just under the posted speed limit.
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Yeah it's a totally different bike world out there. I couldn't believe it. They split even if the freeway traffic is going just under the posted speed limit.

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