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How many of you lane split and why or why not?

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How many of you lane split and why or why not?

Poll closed Jan 31, 2019.
  1. Yes

    10 vote(s)
    20.8%
  2. No

    28 vote(s)
    58.3%
  3. Sometimes

    10 vote(s)
    20.8%
  1. 13SicVic

    13SicVic Well-Known Member

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    I'm curious how many people lane split whether it's legal in your state or not and the reasons why you choose to or not to.
     
  2. VicVisionBulldog

    VicVisionBulldog VOG Police Chief

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    I will on occasion. Usually it will be in the Texas heat in standing traffic. If traffic is moving, even slowly I will go with the flow.

    It is not illegal here but not exactly accepted either....by the other drivers. You know the ones that are mad because I can slide through on my bike while they sit in the AC and make a smoothie. Don't be mad at me, buy a bike.
     
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  3. Ghostrider25

    Ghostrider25 Lone Rider of the Apocolypse

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    Yes, I participate (on a limited basis) in the practice of lane sharing. I do it in a very deliberate manner and never more than a 10 MPH delta over the flow up to 50 MPH at which point I do not lane share any longer. I also acknowledge those motorists that actually move over for me. Because we do this usually in a commute situation and I do see the same cars during the course of the week. It's the whole respect thing. So far I think it is working very well. There is a lot of upside to this practice when done in a responsible manner.
     
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  4. Half_Crazy

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    Illegal here.
     
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    Illegal here but I wouldn't do it if it was.
    I live in NY State. We have some of the rudest drivers there is.
    If they saw me coming they would probably open their door to knock me down.
     
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    No- I just go with the flow. Though I may be tempted in a long standstill traffic jam
     
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    not legal in PA either .... and I'm sure I wouldn't if it were.....

    I have been known to use the rt shoulder .... not legal either .

    Peter
     
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    Nope. Get you killed here.

    Worst drivers, ever.
     
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    I'm here in Cali where it's legal. I have also edged it in other states. There's a variety of reasons.
    Air Cooled motors run hot in standstill traffic.
    I'd rather have a cushion between me and the other cager that's not paying attention coming up to a stop. Bumpers of other cars are a lot stronger than we are.
    Those are the two primary reasons.
     
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    Not legal in IA and 99% of the time we don’t have enough traffic to warrant it. But I’m all for it. In my experience whenever this subject comes up, about every 6 months or so, several posters will chime in under the assumption that “lane splitting” means going 80 mph in between lanes of traffic doing 10. That’s not lane splitting so I’m not responding to any of that. What is part of legal lane splitting which I am 100% in favor of is getting my butt someplace other than where it will be rear ended. Even in Iowa I’ve done this: Roll up to a red light at the end of an exit ramp, stopped cars in front of me, more cars coming up behind me...nope, F you guys, I cut to the side, pull up to the front, and haul ass away from there when the light turns green. Technically this is called “filtering” but it is part of lane splitting. Could I get a ticket? Yes. Could I get rear ended? No.
     
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  11. VicVisionBulldog

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    I'm always far to one side or the other in my lane when stopping at a red light, even on the line. You will never see me riding or parked in the middle of a lane. I pick the side that would give me the greatest room for an escape should the cars behind me not stop. If I get nervous Ill shoot the gap and get to the front. I do this while running at speed as well. I stay on the side that allows the greatest line of sight to as far in front of me as possible. You can really save your bacon if you see the problem coming from a mile away.
     
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  12. Nuklhed

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    I'll do it in states where legal. Like iabob alluded to, I only do it at slow speeds. I think it's great and safe, given the right circumstances.
     
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    Illegal here but so is 27 in a posted 25...I've done it in stopped traffic. 80°+ I'm not going to cook my engine moving 20ft. Every 2 minutes. Just proceed very cautiously. You'll have the vigilantes squeeze you, just avoid them and move on.

    We loose in a confortation with a cage, so keep your cool and move on when safe to do so.
     
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    I do it on occasion if traffic is at a dead stop or very slow stop and go. When I do do it it's at 10 ~ 15mph, and more necessary in the summer to keep some air moving over the engine and keep the heat of the engine from rising and giving me heat stroke.
     
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    I used to do it quite often in the Dallas TX area. I've done it in other states as well to get around those a$$ wipes that hang out in the left lane and pace the traffic in the right lane.

    I have yet tried this in Louisiana and probably never will because of the shitty roads around here. The traffic isn't that bad either.
     

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