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Texas Lanesplitting?

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    Ben
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    Hey all,

    I know it is legal to lanesplit in california, but I have heard varying reports if it is legal to lanesplit in texas. Lanesplitting for those that don’t know means that when traffic is jammed up motorcycles (or any vehicle that is capable) can travel between the slow moving cars on the dotted white line.

    Ben

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    megaspaz
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    Not to be pedantic, but lane splitting is illegal in california. Lane sharing is legal. There’s a legal difference between the 2. Lane splitting is defined as riding on the lines and constitutes an unsafe lane change infraction. Lane sharing is 2 vehicles in one lane between the lane lines.

    http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=154980

    Edit: I should elaborate… Lane splitting described by ben above, straddling the line, is illegal. Technically, lane splitting is supposed to mean lane sharing, 2 vehicles occupying the same lane. But, the definition of lane splitting has come to be synymous with land straddling, which is illegal. ie. You can not ride the white line…


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    Ben
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    Ah you are very correct! I will modify my speech so I call it lanesharing from now on, that definitely makes more sense. I guess now that I think about it I generally don’t ride ON the line, but in one of the lanes next to the cars, mainly because the line is usually bumpy with those reflector things haha.

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    megaspaz
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    Let’s not forget too that you can also be cited for speeding when lane sharing or passing. IE. traffic’s going 5 miles below the speed limit, you’re sharing at +15, which by itself, most LEOs won’t pull you over for, but since +15 above the flow of traffic is +10 above the speed limit, LEO can cite you for speeding.

    Also bear in mind, for me personally, if I’m sharing and some vehicles are getting jiggy, I’ll ride the line… better to get the ticket than to get a SUV side panel…


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    MickHaven
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    Lane sharing is not legal in Texas. In fact, most drivers really hate it, and its only the douchebag riders that do it here. I’ve seen a couple get a door opened on them for doing it.

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