Lane sharing?

Anonymous

I actually got a chance to try this in California. I know it works for them most of the time and they have that law out of nessesity.

Traffic jams are more common there than they are here and many bikes are air cooled - they have to be moving or they over heat. So, when traffic is STOPPED a motorcycle can continue on between the cars to get to the front.

Since bikes can take off quicker than a car they merge in easily and go on their way.

That hard part will be convincing angry rednecks that it's ok and to not open their car doors on us and wipe us out.

But, most of the time in California - it works and works well.

Do I think it would work here? I think so - if the public were educated about it.

Anonymous
I've always wondered that

I've always wondered that same thing. Where is "here" for you? I'm talking about Texas. i don't know what the law is here.

Anonymous
It works

When I lived in CA I commuted daily to work in heavy traffic and lane split when everything slowed down to a crawl. I never had an incident or heard of one. I now live in VA and it is illegal. I think the folks stuck in cars will be envious and may even go purchase motorcycles. I would love to know the statistics. How many accidents due to motorcycles lane splitting vs. accidents where cars rear end a bike (who could be between the cars). I don’t think anyone in their right mind will open a door on a motorcyclist. That would be premeditated man slaughter (with a lot of witnesses around).

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Lane "Sharing" is legal, but not without risks

California has no laws that says that it is legal nor illegal to share the lane. They do have ones that "lane splitting" (Driving on the painted stripe).

I have commuted on the dreaded 405 from LAX area down to Irvine ( 55 miles) for about 10 years, rain or shine. I knock on wood, but have not had a incident in that time period. This is attributed to being more mature, and having a health respect for the Bike that I ride (K1200RS). A fatalistic approach I have developed over the years has saved my hide more that a few times:

"To day is my last day on the bike.... what do I have to do to be here for tomorrows ride"

Constant being intuned and having situational awareness, Giving extra room to the "road raged", avoiding the Cell phone-implanted drivers and traveling just a bit faster (5%) than the flow of traffic are some suggestions to make it to the next ride.

With gas prices hitting $5.00 it is becoming more and more required to keep me from financially drowning in fuel bills. I think that I have ridden my truck a total of 10 times to move larger items from home to work.

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Tell the Govenator in CA to

Tell the Govenator in CA to terminate road rage by making laws tighter when the road rage is against a motorcyclist.

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ca lane split law

last time i read the california dmv code read lane spliting , or sharing is legal at speeds below 5 mph but you see it at all speeds they just dont enforce it widley.

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That's a shame... Scooby

That's a shame...

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lane sharing/splitting

Riverside, Ca. May 2nd, 08. I learned from not sharing or "splitting" on this day. I was stopped at a green light because the light ahead was red and traffic was backed up to our intersection. All I did was lean to the side and check the light ahead and planted my butt back into the seat of my Harley Fatboy, when I looked into the mirror and the next thing I know there's a Lexus up my ass. 1st instinct was to share the lane between the cars but the idiots didnt leave me enough room. all the bitch in the Lexus cared about was "but the light was green, the light was green"... dumb bitch. 2 lanes and the left lane had 5-6 cars already stopped, what the f*@#&, stupid bitch. I still regret that day.. 5800 dollars damage and 2 months later I finally got the Harley back from the dealer. She has paid for her stupidity big time. I fully support lane sharing/splitting in all states because I have been thru this crap and hopefully never again.

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Hey dchasey sorry to hear

Hey dchasey sorry to hear about your experience. The only time I have been knocked off my bike was when I STOPPED at a STOP SIGN and someone hit me from behind. (Lesson: do not stop at stop signs).

Here in New Zealand we lane-split/filter all the time and as long as we do it carefully, the police generally turn a blind eye. Unfortunately the frustrated drivers stuck in traffic don't always understand, and I have heard some stories about drivers trying to block bikes. I have never had any trouble with people blocking me and I commute about 40 kilometres a day, splitting a lot of the way.

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is it legal to split lanes

is it legal to split lanes in texas

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is it legal to split lanes

is it legal to split lanes in san antonio texas

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Lane splitting - in CA, HI

Hi, to re-iterate a comment above, it is NOT legal (nor illegal) to lane split in CA. Sometimes, that is the only way that CHP can get to an accident or problem in order to clear it up.
- However, one aspect that seems VERY dangerous to me - I do not lane split, by the way - is that over the years, with so many riders that DO lane split, car drivers are starting to think that it is OK for them to share the lane with a bike.

THIS SCARES ME. Now, I periodically find a car using part of MY lane, but I have no control over that, until I can get behind them.

My number one rule is generally to ride as though I'm invisible. However, I don't want to be THAT invisible!

Be safe out there. 6/15 (like every day!) is Ride to Work day! yay!

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Lane splitting - in CA, HI

Oh, I currently live in O'ahu, Hawaii, where it is illegal to lane split. I prefer that. (frankly, I also don't like it when other bikes "sneak up" on me... in my lane...)

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youtube video

On youtube.com was posted a video where several riders were splitting in nearly stopped traffic when one was taken out when a cager started to switch lanes. Next time you consider slitting, pay careful attention to how many cagers switch lanes up ahead of you. Anyone of them can take you out!

To answer the poster about as*holes opening their car doors to take out a biker - there was posted on similar discussion forum where the murderer got 5 year manslaughter charges with many witnesses around but the biker got permanently buried under 6' of dirt.

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Lane Splitting

I live in Ohio and recently noticed lane splitting in CA. I think it is a useful tool (not available to me in OH) but certainly brings additional risks to the rider. Benefits also come with the ability to move more traffic during heavy congested times and keep the bikes from overheating in hot weather. I'm torn on the topic but generally think it would be good to have it legal in more states like Ohio.
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When I lived in CA I

When I lived in CA I commuted daily to work in heavy traffic and lane split when everything slowed down to a crawl. I never had an incident or heard of one. I now live in VA and it is illegal. I think the folks stuck in cars will be envious and may even go purchase motorcycles. I would love to know the statistics. How many accidents due to motorcycles lane splitting vs. accidents where cars rear end a bike (who could be between the cars). I don’t think anyone in their right mind will open a door on a motorcyclist. That would be premeditated man slaughter (with a lot of witnesses around).

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The government and urban

The government and urban planner should take more effective method to solve these problems.

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We have to show motorcycles

We have to show motorcycles more respect then we show. I run into issue like this all the time. We have to control out tempers in the future.

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If the public is not willing

If the public is not willing to get the information then it will be difficult to educate them. Most of them are probably worried that motorcycles would scratch their cars, it's not that this would affect their auto insurance quotes, they simply want to avoid the all the hassle.

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Common factors

Thanks for sharing your post. In my point of view, traffic jams are very common factors in most of the busiest roads of the world. As the number of cars on road goes on increasing this problem will never get solved.

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Yes, but with all the

Yes, but with all the traffic jams, accidents are most likely to happen - even with low speed without an auto insurance you have many chances to get hit and then what do you do ? You'd better not risk it.

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In a perfect world this is

In a perfect world this is an excellent idea! Think about how sales would skyrocket if owning a bike meant swerving through traffic! Unfortunately, the statistics that were recently released about truck accidents involving motorcycles would keep me from ever being that bold. Those babies (the trucks I mean) take several seconds to stop and in that amount of time travel the length of a football field.

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The government and urban

The government and urban planner should take more effective method to solve these problems.

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Question

According to California CHP web site,lane sharing is permissible but must be done in a safe and prudent manner. Traffic was flowing at a stop and go at about 5 mph I was lane sharing in carpool and proceeding at 35 mph, max at 40 mph, not forcing cars to move out of my way or riding on and off the double solid yellow lines, and not maneuvering my motorcycle from side to side. Would this be in violation of VC 22350 for unsafe speed? The reason is because a CHP officer tickets me and stated that I can not lane share at a speed of no more then 25 mph in traffic or 5 miles above the flow of traffic conditions.

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Next time you consider

Next time you consider slitting, pay careful attention to how many cagers switch lanes up ahead of you. Anyone of them can take you out!

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its informative

Lane sharing is the practice of operating a vehicle in a traffic lane in a manner that allows other traffic to use the unused portion of the lane, or to pass slower traffic in the lane by using an unused portion of the lane. When lane sharing is done for the purpose of passing slow or stopped congested traffic, it is called filtering forward. When lane sharing is done by using space between lines of traffic, it is called lane splitting.

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Lane sharing is the practice

Lane sharing is the practice of operating a vehicle in a traffic lane in a manner that allows other traffic to use the unused portion of the lane, or to pass slower traffic in the lane by using an unused portion of the lane. When lane sharing is done for the purpose of passing slow or stopped congested traffic, it is called filtering forward. When lane sharing is done by using space between lines of traffic, it is called lane splitting.

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The peloton travels as an

The peloton travels as an integrated unit, like birds flying in formation, each rider making slight adjustments in response to the riders around him or her (particularly the one in front of each). When developed, riders at the front are exposed to higher loads, and will tend to slip off the front in order to rejoin the pack further back. In some cases, with sufficient room to maneuver, this will develop into a fluid situation where the center of the peloton appears to be pushing through its own leading edge.

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hi

Yeah this idea really works in California but am not sure that it would work too here in Texas.May be we can make people interested.
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Could you please tell

Could you please tell me,what county you are asking of ? BTW , yeah lane sharing is legal in California. And it is a good practice...stead.For more info please visit discount candles , my home page. You can get details there.
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Without a doubt

This should be the law nationwide. Traveling in traffic without this ability is actually MORE dangerous than filtering "lane sharing/splitting". Being stopped in traffic makes a motorcyclist prone to being struck. Staying slightly faster than the traffic is safest. I've been doing it for years as well. When I rode back east it was not allowed and being stopped in dense traffic was scary. Eventually we split lanes up the cape. Illegal but who could catch me. They were all I. Traffic.

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Lane Splitting in CA

I split lanes in CA for a decade, back in the 80's. I split on PCB, the 405, and on Placentia Ave in Costa Mesa on my way to work and every where else there was a place to split or filter. I think it is the most obvious way to make motorcycles a practical, useful transportation vehicle and is desperately needed in all urban environments.

In 10 years, I had one driver slowly move to the center, to block me from filtering at a light. No big deal. He had Arizona tags.

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Older people usually get

Older people usually get cheaper rates due to bigger possibility of more riding experience. Younger men or women usually experiment with their bikes that usually lead to higher frequency of accidents.

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