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Old 03-26-2019, 09:23 PM   #1
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I commute to Houston a couple times a week from the Columbus area on my cruiser and figured I could learn from you guys how Houston bikers survive the inner city streets and highways on a daily basis.
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:45 AM   #2
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Watch the traffic a few cars ahead. I stay to the left or right (never middle because of possible oil patches) and peek down lane. You will be able to anticipate traffic situations quicker and not rely on the person in front of you to dictate pace.
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You got some big stones if you run the I10 gauntlet between the Brazil’s and Brookshire
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Brazil’s = Brazos

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HOV lane as much as possible. It's free if you're on a bike.
Don't ride aggressive on surface streets. Ride with the traffic not through it.
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I was about to ask what route is that?
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Old 03-27-2019, 12:29 PM   #8
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That's no joke. I literally assume no one sees me and expect everyone try to kill me. Still, watching your position and never riding in a blind spot for more than a moment, wiggling the bars so the headlight moves erratically if I approach an intersection or a see a car that may try to turn in front of me, riding faster than the flow of traffic so I'm not forgotten by cars that do see me, flashing my bake light when stopped and a light are some of the techniques I employ regularly. I would recommend an LED license plate frame with a strobe module to help yourself from being rearended as well.
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...actively think as you ride about escape routs if the car next to you comes into your lane, the car in front slams on its brakes, a car turns in front of you. Stay in the fast lane (but do not block faster drviers/riders} as much as possible on the freeway. Freeways are some of the safest places to ride because there are no intersections but you still have to be vigilant and have an escape rout if a car merges into your lane without warning. Also be aware that cars in traffic will switch lanes fast and without warning to make minor progress and they may not see or care about you.
When on city streets assume each intersection will have a couple cars run the light (they almost always do.) Watch for cars stopped on the side of the road and keep an eye on their tires because the direction they point can clue you in on possible actions they may take. It sounds like allot but it's really just about thinking, anticipating and riding proactively. Don't ride like its pleasure cruise and take it seriously.

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Old 03-27-2019, 04:20 PM   #11
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Welcome To The Community,

Like alot of the suggestions here,

1.As Bevo Kenneth said Assume your invisible and everyone wants to kill you
- Alot of the drivers in Houston are distracted in some sort of measure, texting, phone calls, make up, food, talking to the passenger.
Have it made up in your mind, the truck/suv/sedan near you is planning on cutting you off, hitting you , merging into.

2. As Tiatool said, within your lane stay to the left or right so you can see ahead of you. Do Not Rely on the car in front of you. Anticipate traffic flow so you can engine brake and slow down as needed. If you can't see the 3 cars in front of you preposition yourself so you can.

3. As Shuhboogie said HOV HOV HOV, learn where the HOV exits and on ramps are for where you are commuting to. You only need to worry whats in front of you and whats behind. Makes life easy especially during rush hours.
Remember its HOV LANES ARE FREE FOR MOTORCYCLES IN TEXAS
You still have to pay for Toll roads though

4. If you can get a GoPro or some sort of Action Camera you can mount on your bike or helmet. Having a dash cam changes how other people drive cause they are on footage and if anything happens you got proof. Just remember its a double edge sword.

5. Earplugs, Wear some earplugs. Once your hearing is damaged its damaged theres no healing and if you ride alot you will feel less fatigue
( TRUST ME ON THIS ONE )

6. My personal preference on the highway, Stay in one lane as much as possible while riding faster then traffic while also minimizing lane changes.
Less interaction with cars means less accidents.

- Dont Ride in Blind Spots
- Always be focused
- Know where the traffic jams and how the flow of traffic is ( If you commute through a particular road everyday, you should know how everyone reacts in that area )
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Great advice! I’m doing most of those things already but I’m always looking for ways to improve and increase the odds of me not becoming a concrete stain. I appreciate the advise and the welcome. Now it’s time to browse through these threads.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:30 AM   #13
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I commuted by motorcycle exclusively from late 2001-mid 2016.
I used an open face helmet with snaps so I could easily put a face shield on when it rained or in cold weather. Warmer seasons I ran without the face shield.
Constantly watch the weather and carry rain gear on days it may rain in the afternoon.
A ski suit works well in the winter. It can be worn over your clothes. They have limited water resistance.
Wear a road worker vest with the reflective tape.
Ride paranoid, it will keep you alive! A healthy mount of fear helps as well.
Avoid target fixation.
+1 on the ear plugs
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