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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Here in rural west Texas we don't exactly have lane sharing/splitting. But we do have "drive friendly" as explained on the DOT maps. Pull right to expedite passes of quicker vehicles. So onto the shoulder they go to permit passing. In the Urban areas of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin I don't know what happens - I simply avoid the places - but suspect a modicum of manners even in urban areas. Texans are encouraged to respond.

    p.s. My frame of reference is rural Brewster County by the National Park.
    Been to CA a few times and only filtered as my GSA seemed a bit to wide to play. On another bike, I followed the locals, even the CHPys.

    Learned to ride in traffic in Houston, re-introduced in Austin and sometimes find myself in San Antonio and A-town regularly.
    Commuted 80 roundtrip miles daily into Austin for a few years until retirement. I rarely put myself in the position to be on a lane splitting interstate if legal when secondary roads took me the same location quicker.
    I do recall some younger days on a Honda 350 coming home from Galveston on IH-45 and later on a Superglide riding between stopped cars and trucks and not going well. Swerving cars and opening doors were the norm.A Colt revolver one trip made me not be the lead dog at age 17.

    Fast forward to current practices and experiences have had folks wave me by, wave me in, and if paying attention to their driving rarely a bad day in most metro encounters. Eye contact and a wave back makes things work for me. San Antonio is just insane inside the "loop" and anywhere on IH-35 for the timid. I avoid it unless I have no other choice...which is rare
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerdood View Post
    If possible, I wave "thanks" at those folks as I pass. On many rides, my shoulder gets tired from all the waving.
    And I do the same! Always give a wave or a thumbs up, when safe, for those cars that give extra room.

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    Lane splitting or filtering has been tabled here in Virginia many times, led by a group of riders here in Richmond. It always gets shot down and never makes it to a vote which is a shame tha the public isn't given the opportunity to see the benefits. In areas like Northern Virginia, a place as hot as the hell that is Atlanta rush hour traffic on a Friday (I know, I grew up around Atlanta and lived it), filtering would be hugely beneficial. Alas, like other states, Virginia is more concerned with amassing monies from traffic "enforcement" and less concerned with actual safety and common sense.

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    I split lanes every day. I would not work where I do unless I could. Hwy 1 in santa cruz is a parking lot southbound every day. I save 20 minutes and it takes me 35 mins door to door on the way home and its a great thing to focus on the task and ride the bike while everyone else sits in a metal box in a line. I spend most my time below 30 mph and the ratio is 25% actively make room if they see you. 10% just stay left or right in their lane by habit. 50% are in the middle of their lane paying as little attention to anything as they can get away with. 10% if they see you coming and they are moving will do the half hearted slow drift to pinch you off. Luckliy 90% of the people next to these folks move over to compensate. 2% if the see you will more obviously close the lane but you can just go around them legally in the space they make in the other side of their lane. Less than 1% truly eff with you. I slow and readjust mirrors or kick the ocassional door but its rare and pointless. I wave or toot and wave at EVERYONE who does even the slightest move to make more room. In general people really woukd rather be seen as helping and being nice. I now wave at more people every week because most want to be in that club and due to my cummute schedule I pass the same people all the time. A hells angel neighbor of mine passes me while im splitting slowly about once every few weeks. He waits patiently until I have a spot to make room and then roars past with a wave like hes in a different universe. Today I followed a chp bike while he split much like me. Below 30 or above with very little speed differential and then like a car at 45 mph or less depending but never more then 40 or 45. Not worth it. At 30 you can stop the bike in a very short distance and if you hit something you are very unlikely to die. 50 and above and the physics are very very different.

    I worked in atlanta for two years. Worst drivers anywhere I have been in the usa. The mixture of old, dumb, angry, and anti flow people all trying to block the fast lanes while adept fast drivers try to establish a flow has to be seen to be believed. Its like playing cuttthroat pool on a freeway.

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    HOV lanes on I85 are your friend. Motorcycles are allowed, and though the signage doesn’t indicate it, peach pass lane (also HOV) is good for motorcycles... I’ve used this several times, effectively.

    Every where I ride, I have to adapt to the “culture” of riding in the demographic I find myself in. In Iowa during the rally, I noticed that cars just pulled out in front of you and “expected” you to slow down to accommodate them. Once I figured this out, in the first day, I learned to accommodate it and expect it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    HOV lanes on I85 are your friend. Motorcycles are allowed, and though the signage doesn’t indicate it, peach pass lane (also HOV) is good for motorcycles... I’ve used this several times, effectively.

    Every where I ride, I have to adapt to the “culture” of riding in the demographic I find myself in. In Iowa during the rally, I noticed that cars just pulled out in front of you and “expected” you to slow down to accommodate them. Once I figured this out, in the first day, I learned to accommodate it and expect it.
    The Peach Pass lane is a HOT lane. It is free for motorcycles but you still need your motorcycle to be registered. The pass is free. If not registered you might be sent a toll bill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Here in rural west Texas we don't exactly have lane sharing/splitting. But we do have "drive friendly" as explained on the DOT maps. Pull right to expedite passes of quicker vehicles. So onto the shoulder they go to permit passing. In the Urban areas of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin I don't know what happens - I simply avoid the places - but suspect a modicum of manners even in urban areas. Texans are encouraged to respond.

    p.s. My frame of reference is rural Brewster County by the National Park.
    I have seen no lane splitting in Houston. But I mostly avoid the area during rush hour. I’m thinking the drivers would be caught off guard and no telling what they’d do. We have many left lane hoggers who think they own the left lane and it’s their right to drive at any speed they choose. My guess is those same folks would not take kindly to a motorcycle sharing their lane and may just pose a potential problem. If it’s ever legal here it will take some adjustment period before it’s safe enough to do.


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