Texican bikers, rejoice, you can legally lane split now

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  1. fnfalman

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    I got this from another motorcycle site, so I'd suggest for you guys to check with the DMV and the cops:

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
    SECTION 1. Section 545.060, Transportation Code, is amended by
    amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:
    (snipped some non-motorcycle stuff.)

    (e) The operator of a motorcycle may operate the
    motorcycle for a safe distance between lanes of traffic moving in the same
    direction during periods of traffic congestion if the operator:
    (1) is at least 21 years old;
    (2) has successfully completed a motorcycle operator
    training and safety course under Chapter 662;
    (3) is covered by a health insurance plan providing the
    operator with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as
    a result of an accident while operating a motorcycle; and
    (4) operates the motorcycle:
    (A) at a speed not more than five miles per hour
    over the speed of the other traffic;
    (B) in traffic that is moving at a speed of 20
    miles per hour or less; and
    © in a location other than a school crossing
    zone or other than a location where the posted speed limit is 20 miles per
    hour or less.
    SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005
     
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    I sure wish AZ would enact something like that.
     

  3. fnfalman

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    It looks like I've spoken too soon. I heard from other Texians that the proposal didn't make it through.

    A damn shame. It's silly to expect a bike to sit in traffic and burn up not to mention taking up that much more room.
     
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    Lane Splitters Unite!!!!!!!!! :cool:
     
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    That is correct. The legislative asst for the rep that proposed the bill is on a local forum that I frequent. The bill went to committee and died a death of starvation, never to be heard from again.

    For those who don't know this, our elected officials meet once every TWO years for a 90 DAY period, so they have a lot to get accomplished in a very small window and this bill just doesn't have a lot of support behind it when you consider the other things on the agenda like property taxes, school budgets, etc.

    I'm totally in support of the bill, but fully understand why it went nowhere.
     
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    i personally would not use lane splitting unless i was pretty dern desperate to get somewhere in a hurry. it just doesn't seem all that safe to me.
     
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    People don't split lane because they want to arrive faster. It's either that or your bike is going to burn up idling in traffic. Of course there are idiots who split lanes at high speeds and think nothing of it and then wonder why that car just sideswiped them while changing lane.
     
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    Well, HELLO! Motorcycling, no matter what, is absolutely not all that safe!

    -ChaZ
     
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    i couldn't agree with you more, motorcycling can be a dangerous undertaking.

    i choose not to do what i feel are unnecessary risks.

    BTW, you were obviously trying to be the south end of a north bound horse, and you succeeded admirably. i betcha you feel really special, now.
     
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    Heh... you must be from south states because that's a figure of speech that I couldn't figure out. Can you elaborate?

    I need to remind you that I am deaf so I'm not kept abreast of all sayings and idioms that hearing people tends to use...

    -ChaZ
     
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    Was a nice way of saying you were being a horse's ***. See attached picture. ;f
     
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    Seesh... Yeah I'm always a horse's ***, he didn't have to be so nice about it ;f

    Thanks for your picture, that helps out a lot!

    -ChaZ
     
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    I think lane splitting would be great in heavy traffic areas, although I don't know if I'd have to guts to try it.

    Here in NE, the traffic isn't so bad. So, the need for lane splitting is virtually non-existant.
     
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    Except for that darn floating bridges in Seattle!

    -ChaZ
     
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    In California I just pull in behind the CHPS officers splitting lanes. Here if you didn't split lanes you would sit in traffic for hours. One of the benefits of having two wheels is getting where you want to go before growing old. It is a common practice and is expected but bikers do not go much more than 5 MPH between the lanes.
     
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    Lane splitting, like any other aspects of riding, is as safe as you make it out to be. I see guys out here in Cali splitting lanes at speed differentials in excess of 20-MPH, sometimes they'd zip through dead stop traffic at 45-MPH or more. I don't care what they claim, that's just ignorant. That's doing 45-60 in a space less than 3-ft wide and sometimes the walls move in or out.

    Also, I see guys splitting lanes when traffic is moving at freeway speed. Why on God's green Earth would you want to split lane at 90-MPH when the traffic is already doing 70-80 MPH? And no, idiots like these aren't limited to the crotch rocket boys either. And then they wonder why they just got their asses ran over.

    At the risk of parroting myself agains, but I hate lane splitting. I don't know of any motorcyclist, except for a few squids, who would enjoy splitting lane. It's slow going and it's dangerous. You do it because otherwise your bike and yourself will roast crawling at the same pace as cars and trucks do.
     
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    In Calif the CHP actually encourages lane splitting. The largest type of accidents on the freeways are rear-enders. Bad enough if you are in a car, but potently lethal if you are on a bike;P

    Of course the CHP does not advise or condone lane splitting at speeds over about 5 to 10 mph above the flow of traffic.

    Considering the traffic congestion in Southern Calif lane splitting is almost a necessity. If done with care it is quite safe. Watch the front tires of the cars you are getting ready to pass. You will see the tire move prior to the car comming into you. If the cars are at or almost at a dead stop, they have no place to move to anyway.