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View Results: Should Lane Splitting be legal in all 50 States?
YES it should be made legal 1,424 76.89%
YES but ONLY on the Hwy 90 4.86%
YES but only for filtering at controlled intersections 208 11.23%
NO It is dangerous and should not be made legal 177 9.56%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 1852. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-09-2008, 06:23 PM   #16
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66 of 275 Wat gives?

275 views 66 poll hits??????? What are you all afraid of?
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:18 PM   #17
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275 views 66 poll hits??????? What are you all afraid of?
I didn't like the choices...
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:52 AM   #18
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275 views 66 poll hits??????? What are you all afraid of?
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:34 AM   #19
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interesting topic. my neighbor whom is a pretty laid back guy (who does not or has ever rode) was absolutely incensed when I road by him on my way into the city. he let me have it with both barrels, "its unsafe, its illegal, i did not see you, you are going to kill your self, why should you when i cannot?" I tried to break it down for him.

#1 there is a difference in lane splitting through congested stopped traffic and doing at super +speeds when the traffic is moving well

#2 Its actually safer

#3 is it my fault you are not aware of your surroundings?


of course his eyes glazed over and nothing i said meant anything. but, the real issue is selling this to johny q public who is completely ignorant of the subject.
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:49 AM   #20
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I'm all in favor of advantages to us motorcyclists.

But I find I do get pissed when I'm riding around the city and I'm the first at a light and the car/truck/van behind me pulls to my side (probably blocking the bicycle lane), then creeps forward as the other light slowly turns to yellow, then they floor it to be the first through the intersection and the first to be stopped behind all the cars at the red light ahead of us.
I got into a pissing contest with a big ugly van the other day and won, but didn't feel proud about it.

If drivers like this are willing to all but run me outta my lane just to get ahead by 7 feet, what are they gonna do if they see a bike cutting through traffic?
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:54 AM   #21
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You do know that this will never happen/? The States would never agree as to how or if it should be done. I was just dreaming a little and wanted to see what the rest of you thought about it. Thanks, Be safe and RIDE RIDE RIDE
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:33 AM   #22
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interesting topic. my neighbor whom is a pretty laid back guy (who does not or has ever rode) was absolutely incensed when I road by him on my way into the city. he let me have it with both barrels, "its unsafe, its illegal, i did not see you, you are going to kill your self, why should you when i cannot?" I tried to break it down for him.

#1 there is a difference in lane splitting through congested stopped traffic and doing at super +speeds when the traffic is moving well

#2 Its actually safer

#3 is it my fault you are not aware of your surroundings?


of course his eyes glazed over and nothing i said meant anything. but, the real issue is selling this to johny q public who is completely ignorant. of the subject.
all good points... but ya' kind of overshot that last comment...

Yes - let the rider decide; but do so responsibly.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:12 AM   #23
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You do know that this will never happen/? The States would never agree as to how or if it should be done. I was just dreaming a little and wanted to see what the rest of you thought about it.
What happens to you in Oregon if your caught lane splitting?
I remember having an argument with some cops form Texas on the subject. They were talking about impoundment and arrest for violators.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:38 AM   #24
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What happens to you in Oregon if your caught lane splitting?
I don't know as I have never been caught. I should state that I have only split lanes at controlled intersections (stopped traffic) to move forward and join another bike. Nobody seamed to mind this as they thought we were riding together. I have never had the need to split lanes here. I just do not find myself getting stuck in traffic that is too heavy. I do like all the posts that have come through. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:00 AM   #25
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I don't know as I have never been caught. I should state that I have only split lanes at controlled intersections (stopped traffic) to move forward and join another bike.

In Texas you would be arrested for that.

I don’t lane split often, only in heavy traffic jams. Around town it would be very unusual for me to move ahead at a stop light. Sure glade I can do it semi legally though.
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:28 AM   #26
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I think that reason should prevail; as long as someone's splitting responsibly, then it shouldn't be a problem. The only time recently that it would've helped me was heading along the 101 into San Fran, but given my panniers and camping gear, I wasn't about to try slipping between those stopped/slowly moving cars.
Around here, I mostly get ticked by the folks who like to race through the tunnel on the shoulder (too much crap there) and then like to try to avoid the traffic merging from the right - they get pissed at the merging traffic, but the shoulder riders are breaking the traffic laws! Those guys will lose out when they use the shoulder as a third lane - tunnel was built to be expanded later.
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:15 PM   #27
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It's stupid to ask bikes to operate like cars. That's when they become invisible. Allow bikes to take advantage of their greatest assets: Small size and very maneuverable.

Thank God I live where this is not an issue.
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:22 PM   #28
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DAKEZ,i think we otta have our own lane.2 wheelers only.let us split lanes with each other.the 4 wheelers can go play with themselves.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:09 PM   #29
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DAKEZ,i think we otta have our own lane.2 wheelers only.let us split lanes with each other.the 4 wheelers can go play with themselves.
I've had that thought too. Give us six feet on the inside of the innermost lane that cars can't use anyway.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:56 AM   #30
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