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Old 10-04-2008, 10:52 PM   #1
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i hope that they pass lane splitting this next season in the Texas House. I was splitting just a bit in the HOV when traffic was under 5-20 mph. I was doing this at only about 2-3 cars, when a blue impala swevred like an idiot in front of me. I hit the brakes... and was thinking what an idiot when he waved a badge out the window. I gave him some space. I had several times I should have probably just gunned it and gone by with no issues, but I didn't want him to get mad and call some moto cop or someone further on in the HOV and get me in trouble. So i just cooked.

Please lets get lane splitting.... in a safe a reasonable manner of course.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:22 PM   #2
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It would be nice, but if lane splitting is "legalized" you can still probally be charged with unsafe lane change or reckless driving or failure to control speed...the list goes on LOL.


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Isn't lane splitting risky in the first place?
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Old 10-05-2008, 10:09 AM   #4
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Isn't lane splitting risky in the first place?
do a search on posts here and find the one about legalizing. It's been studied and shown to be at least as safe as just normal riding through traffic, if not a little safer due to having cars protecting you on both sides (only in real congested traffic). I have friends from Cali, and it saved hours for them during the week. With a city with the 4th worst traffic in the US, it would be a goodsend on those cooking days, to move past 10 cars to the front of a light and take off. I'm not referring to squidish behavior... just do some research. I do it anytime I can when traffic ends up being bad enough that I come to almost a complete stop several times (westpark during rush hour, etc) The bad part is right now if you get a cop on an off day, or one that doesn't like it you CAN get a ticket. It's something you do realizing you may end up paying the fee for. And you have to be very careful, SOME get mad, just like anywhere and act like jerks. Mostly rare though. Hard to stop a bike lanesplitting. We take up so little space anyway.
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I dont lane split I drive on the little bike lane in between cars.
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lane splitting isn't legal?

dilligaf. thats what shoulders are for.
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So I have a story about how lane splitting isnt safe... you wanna hear it?

Sure you do! I was coming back home from UNT in Denton, TX, going down I35 and anyone from around there knows I35 traffic can be hellish. It was totally stopped so I decided to make a little headway and split up until the traffic was moving and then just hop back into a lane. I went for it and got about 10 cars up when a DPS was sitting there about 3 cars ahead of me. I was going about 20 mph, but I didn't want to pass the guy, so I slammed on my brakes and found the nearest opening in traffic near him. It happened to be just behind his bumper. He looks up in the rearview and then looks back forward.... phew i almost my pants.

But really, I think splitting on the HOV is necessary at times. You get the idiot sympathy drivers (the ones that slow down when main lanes slow down) in front of you and you cant help but want to go around them, right?

Legal or not, people do it...but the more risk you take the more likely you are to get hurt. Isn't that in MSF?
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So I have a story about how lane splitting isnt safe... you wanna hear it?

Sure you do! I was coming back home from UNT in Denton, TX, going down I35 and anyone from around there knows I35 traffic can be hellish. It was totally stopped so I decided to make a little headway and split up until the traffic was moving and then just hop back into a lane. I went for it and got about 10 cars up when a DPS was sitting there about 3 cars ahead of me. I was going about 20 mph, but I didn't want to pass the guy, so I slammed on my brakes and found the nearest opening in traffic near him. It happened to be just behind his bumper. He looks up in the rearview and then looks back forward.... phew i almost my pants.

But really, I think splitting on the HOV is necessary at times. You get the idiot sympathy drivers (the ones that slow down when main lanes slow down) in front of you and you cant help but want to go around them, right?

Legal or not, people do it...but the more risk you take the more likely you are to get hurt. Isn't that in MSF?
Good story! Now just to a raging internet critic..... how was that unsafe... it was a matter of you reacting to possibly getting a ticket, not of unsafe behavior. If traffic was literally stuck, not much he could have done, unless there was an open emergency lane, etc.

I really don't split unless its really slow, if traffics moving I don't typically do it. I've only split at a faster speed in the HOV when one car was holding up the whole HOV 2 cars ahead, and plenty of space, so I waited 10 minutes before doing it, and finally moved. I've in fact started taking HOV more to reduce the need to split so much on westpark etc.

I do get the cop thing though. I've been ticket free my whole life (excepting one fluke time in my car, wasn't even being unsafe, caught the officer at a wrong moment and I didn't register the 45 mph sign in TN on the INTERSTATE at night because of construction... i passed him going 2-3 mph faster than him and traffic driving next to me... wrong thing to do)

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I dont lane split I drive on the little bike lane in between cars.

"what officer, its a bike lane, isn't it?"
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