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    MOA #24991 Pauls1150's Avatar
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    Lane Splitting in California

    the Los Angeles Times has a new article, apparently written by somebody who actually does it (instead of some irate uneducated cager):

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,3665468.story

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    It's not illegal in the rest of the states. Well not all of them anyway. There lots of states that also do not reference motorcycle lane splitting/filtering in their traffic code or statutes. Texas is one of them.

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    Great article.
    Having driven in LA and Texas it seems to me (opinion only, no facts) that the hyway lanes in LA are wider than in most large Texas cities. May be just an illusion, but it seems that way.
    Besides, I don't trust Texas drivers enough to split lanes.
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    I split in DFW when the traffic is locked up. I35 is a horrible road for traffic so I split that semi often. Been doing it for 5ishyears now. 2 people have tried to "squeeze" me in that time and I've had less than 5 honk at me. Most people either don't care or are too preoccupied in their iThings to notice.

    I've had more people move over and make room than try to give me trouble for it.

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    Most Ca city folks know the bikers do it frequently and actually make room for it. Its a rare time I see an auto driver cut off a biker in gridlock conditions. I have done this in a few other states and autos usually take a dim view of the practice and try hard to cut you off! Idiots,imo. IF I actually had somebody HIT me intentionally, while splitting lanes, the fight is ON...Whether legal or not, nobody should go out of their way to hit ya! Some try. Its ugly out there. Your skills tell ya when this is safe, USE 'EM. Randy

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    The only real necessary place to lane split is the city, for the most part. With some exceptions.
    In the greater L A area, there are wide lanes here and there, and super narrow lanes here and there.
    With a wide bike like the RT I must judge and gauge it to see if I can do it. And also to determine who is where; are they leaving space for me or not.
    There are plenty of idiots here who don't get over, or try to cut you off.
    But it rarely works for them, as when I get thru' what can they do? Run into the vehicle in front of them?
    Only once did one of them do that. And I think that was because he wasn't paying attention but was looking at my bike too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Downs View Post
    It's not illegal in the rest of the states. Well not all of them anyway. There lots of states that also do not reference motorcycle lane splitting/filtering in their traffic code or statutes. Texas is one of them.
    Maybe not, but some LEO's consider it an unsafe lane change...I had this discussion in Houston several years back Had to discuss/plead with the man in the black robe a month later...I lost.

    I didn't do it last July near LA...but my GSA is a tad wide for my comfort. Didn't get hung in any traffic that required it either...lucky me!
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    jeepinbanditrider
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    Yes they can if they want. Or can actually get though the traffic to pull you over. The cops in traffic here seem to be more interested in what's going on in their MDT than paying attention to the road. Either way I'd take a ticket for that than being sandwiched between two vehicles.

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    2 choices;

    I cities like LA or others, you go around/split'em or you sit and meltdown your engine for hours. Alternative, ride the latter hours our earlier hours and avoid traffic, OR sit in a bistro/cafe and wait it out. I am NOT going to sit still long on my aircooled engine in gridlock. Im lucky living in a state that allows it. ONE of the only pros of living in CA! Randy

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    I split in Dallas for a while tonight trying to get back towards Fort Worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    ONE of the only pros of living in CA! Randy
    Well...I wouldn't go that far, Randy. I can think of dozens of good reasons, even in my fatigued and weakened condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    ONE of the only pros of living in CA! Randy
    I can think of a few others, just a couple miles from my house.

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