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Old 03-17-2009, 12:46 PM   #21
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I will say I hope is approved. Not so much because i will use it since i don't ride much the streets (one in one year) but more because i hope this improve the awarness of some houston drivers.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:55 PM   #22
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I think cagers will have a problem with it in the beginning but they'll get used to it. I'm all for it.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:58 PM   #23
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After spending last week in California, and being able to lane split, I have to say, I am really for this. I used to live there, before I owned a bike, and on one freeway, during rush hour, a 20 mile commute took me about 1 - 1.5 hours with traffic at a dead stop minutes at a time. Last week, thanks to lane splitting, that same commute took about half an hour or so, with all the drivers happily making room for me to pass, even before I was close to them.

I also saw lane splitting being abused, guys lane splitting when traffic was already flowing at a good 60 mph speed, and cutting between cars to split on a different lane, etc.

So it goes both ways. I do like the fact that there is a hard coded speed limit of 20 mph, unlike Cali's law, which state at a safe speed, meaning if the officer thought it was not safe at the speed you where lane splitting, he could still give you a ticket.

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I do have to say that I agree that 5 mph over the traffic flow is a reasonable speed for lane splitting, as anything faster, and there is really no time to react. Also, at faster traffic speed, cars only need small steering changes to create a big steering result, possibly smacking into you and dropping you off the bike.
california specifies 40 mph and the bike can do no more than 10 over the speed of traffic
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:09 PM   #24
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i ALREADY WROTE TO ALL PARTIES INVOLVED A MONTH AGO.THIS WOULD BE GREAT IMO.
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I will say I hope is approved. Not so much because i will use it since i don't ride much the streets (one in one year) but more because i hope this improve the awarness of some houston drivers.
I hope it does. I guess that might explain as to why during the entire week in Cali, only one person tried to kill me, and that was my fault for riding on her blind spot... which when she saw me (as I breaked to let her in to the lane), she waved in apology. Compare that to the numerous times someone tries to kill me here in Houston on just one day.
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I am for the increased public awareness that comes with laws like this.
They will be on TV, radio, and bill boards saying,"Look twice, save a life" like they do in Cali.

I am all for that!
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I think cagers will have a problem with it in the beginning but they'll get used to it. I'm all for it.
+1 to all that. . .
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the other thing that I think most Texas discussion of lane splitting misses is this:

If lots of the motorcyclists here begin (legally) lane splitting, it will have a positive impact on car driver's awareness of bikes. Seriously. I think California cagers' awareness of bikes, their unconscious vision/recognition of 'there's a bike approaching, perhaps I'll wait to pull out of this parking lot' is better due to the lane splitting.
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there is also no real reason for it, if you get hot , too bad take a different route. if your bike gets hot, then take a different route, if you get hot too bad.
ACTUALLY, that is not entirely true.
There is plenty good that can come from it.
Well, if/when this bill gets passed, I'll be the guy passing you on the freeway in the middle of a HOT day when that accident that no one expected slows traffic down for miles
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Is this public hearing further along the process than previous lane splitting bills? I've always heard, 'died in committee' as the usual fate. I've emailed my Tx rep & senator...
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:08 PM   #30
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If it would pass, I would probably wait a few months to try it. Too many angry people driving 2 ton vehicles. Maybe it could be an excuse to get a motard.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:10 PM   #31
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I am down for it, people just have to be willing to accept the risk that may come with lane splitting. I already do it at faster speeds anyway.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:20 PM   #32
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Is this public hearing further along the process than previous lane splitting bills? I've always heard, 'died in committee' as the usual fate. I've emailed my Tx rep & senator...
Dunno.. I think most of them failed to get this far, honestly. I believe it was 'set aside', and would have gathered dust/rotted in comittee waiting for a hearing if people hadn't started contact their state senators and representatives.
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not probably - they will! i was trying to move out from in front this a** hole one day in afternoon traffic because he kept inching closer and closer to me until his bumber was actually touching my rear tire and when i moved up in between the car in front of me and the car next to him, the guy infront of me swung his door open and proceeded to yell obscenities at me
Why can't this happen to me? I live for these moments
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it would have a better chance if all of the people involved in passing this knew some bikes can overheat in slow traffic.
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It's never going to pass.
Right. It won't simply because of one main issue.

They included the helmet clause in it. That's why so many people are against it. I think they're submitting it to appease voters, adding that clause to prevent it from going anywhere.
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Is this public hearing further along the process than previous lane splitting bills? I've always heard, 'died in committee' as the usual fate. I've emailed my Tx rep & senator...
Yes, please someone who is familar let us know? I thought hearing in commitee is for ANY bill regardless if it gets out, or does it come to any bill that gets approved to be sent back out to the house?
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california specifies 40 mph and the bike can do no more than 10 over the speed of traffic
Source please. Never heard of that, and I've done months of research. Any proof?
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:30 PM   #38
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btw, can a mod merge this with other lane splitting thread if that's feasible this is a major repost of an entire discussion that's been going on about this:
http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...lane+splitting

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Old 03-17-2009, 09:32 PM   #39
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I'm for it. I was driving around London 3-4 wks ago and lane spliting is legal there. It really does make you pay more attention when driving. That can also come from the fact that I'm a cyclist myself and already look for them.
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hmmm i gues they ar talking the rush out of lane spliting now!!!
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