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Old 01-22-2019, 01:23 PM   #1
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Texas Lane Splitting Bills for 2019 Legislative Session

I think this would be a interesting topic to discuss here. The Texas legislature is currently in session and if we miss an opportunity here we have to wait for a few years to address any bills related to lane splitting. From what I can tell, they have until March 8th to file bills.

A few years ago both Texas Senator Kirk Watson (D) and Sergio Munoz (D) in the House of Representatives presented bills aimed at allowing lane splitting with various conditions. From what I can tell, they died in the transportation committee and never made it to a vote. Perhaps we could make an effort to raise support for this kind of legislation again.

Perhaps we could come up with some points that we would want a bill like this to include and present this list if we contact our representatives. What do you think of lane splitting, and what would you want a bill that introduces it to Texas to contain?
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Old 01-22-2019, 02:19 PM   #2
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I personally don't want it. Texas already has great laws concerning property protection and the highest speed limits in the country. If lane splitting and legal weed were legal in Texas it would be utopia and everyone would move here and traffic would get even worse.
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I personally don't want it. Texas already has great laws concerning property protection and the highest speed limits in the country. If lane splitting and legal weed were legal in Texas it would be utopia and everyone would move here and traffic would get even worse.
no kidding already have enough of freak'n cali azzwipes moving here. And I don't really care if lane splitting is legal or not I still do it. Pretty hard for cops to get through traffic to get you and if they do you just tell them your bike was over heating or you thought it was legal.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:05 AM   #4
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I was coming in to say heck yea bring it on but reading those first two posts makes me consider the points made. hmmm I split/filter all the time anyways.
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Iím against it. Every squid on a sportbike is going to try to split 50mph faster than traffic is going.
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To the people against it......


Just like most people who thought open carry in texas was going to be a big issue, and many of us said...Well, other states have had it in place and they don't have issues....

Same for splitting. California has it and there doesn't seem to be any huge issue there.
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Iím against it. Every squid on a sportbike is going to try to split 50mph faster than traffic is going.
I mean they are already doing that anyway even though it is illegal. They would continue to do it if it were legal. However, this would give everyone else the ability to do it in a way that was actually safe or reasonable.
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To the people against it......


Just like most people who thought open carry in texas was going to be a big issue, and many of us said...Well, other states have had it in place and they don't have issues....

Same for splitting. California has it and there doesn't seem to be any huge issue there.
Only thing I would argue is that people aren't used to it here. But people would get used to it. Another thing is that it seems that the outer most left lane on freeways (at least in LA) are wider to accommodate lane splitting.
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Only thing I would argue is that people aren't used to it here. But people would get used to it. Another thing is that it seems that the outer most left lane on freeways (at least in LA) are wider to accommodate lane splitting.
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I do it anyways. Legal or not. Besides it's a good way to interrupt people's texting and makeup application time.
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Iím against it. Every squid on a sportbike is going to try to split 50mph faster than traffic is going.
If folks don't want it in moving freeway traffic, then at least let it be allowed at stoplights. Filtering to the front of the line is the safest way and honestly the only reason I would want to commute on a bike.
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I do it anyways. Legal or not. Besides it's a good way to interrupt people's texting and makeup application time.
Exact reason why I would never do it. Somebody texting and realized they are in the wrong lane and turn over right when you are coming by.
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I would be for lane splitting/filtering. We should talk it up. After all, it suks getting stuck in traffic, especially when it's hot and you want to wear gear. The old proposal as I recall was very reasonable (allowed below 30 MPH, speed differential of 5). Practically, the speed differential should be 10 MPH. High speed lane splits are not allowed.

I would add that they should make helmet use mandatory if you want to lane split, and also provide a driver education blitz to make sure the public knows about the new law. Otherwise, some douche-bag will open his door because he's jealous that you are getting ahead of him.

Recognize that for those who don't want to lane-split, there is nothing wrong with you not. I could see some instances where it may not be smart. But that shouldn't blanketly make it illegal either.
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If folks don't want it in moving freeway traffic, then at least let it be allowed at stoplights. Filtering to the front of the line is the safest way and honestly the only reason I would want to commute on a bike.
I def agree, I don't feel safe stopped in back waiting to get reared by a cage not paying attention. At least filtering at a light puts bikes in between cars which protects from getting reared. And bikes piled in front opens up extra space for more cars to get thru lights.
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