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Lane Splitting in CA

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Don't you love the way they start out with "it's dangerous."

And I love the following quote:
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But according to the state Office of Traffic Safety, there were 397 motorcyclist injuries and fatalities out of 9,472 incidents in 2005 resulting from bikers making unsafe lane changes, passing improperly or following another vehicle too closely, all characteristics associated with lane-splitting.
It sounds like the reporter is trying to link those deaths directly to lane-splitting in the minds of the readers, which is irritating to say the least. Those are characteristics of unsafe drivers, whatever the vehicle, so how is it they are associated with lane-splitting?

They do include a qoute from Harry Hurt, but it's as if they ignored it completely throughout the rest of the piece.

Sounds like the reporter had a pre-determined conclusion for this article.

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It must make matters more difficult that California is the only State that allows lane sharing.

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The reporter apparently doesn't know about lane splitting in Texas.

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The reporter apparently doesn't know about lane splitting in Texas.
I didn't know about lane splitting in Texas. Is it legal there as well?

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I thought so... I thought I remembered it being mentioned here on the forums. But my research doesn't show the code (Texas Transportation Code, Title 7, ß 545.060) has changed. It was to have the subsection e that stated:

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(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
(C) 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.
My guess is the bill just didn't pass.

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Hmm, sounds like a pretty reasonable bill for lane splitting - what other restrictions would someone want on it (other than just flat out illegal)?

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Re: Lane Splitting in CA

For those who are jelous of us lane splitters: GRAB A BIKE, INSTEAD OF YOUR SUV, AND START SPLITING LANES!
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Re: Lane Splitting in CA

Unless something has changed very recently, CA is still the only state that allows lane splitting.

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