SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

This forum will be open on Sept. 1, 2016.

Moderators: carlson1, Keith B, Charles L. Cotton

Locked
User avatar

Topic author
TVGuy
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 17
Posts: 1088
Joined: Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:47 am
Location: DFW

SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#1

Post by TVGuy » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:47 am

I apologize in advance if this should be in a different area, as it is not gun related.

SB 288 is awaiting referral to committee. It would legalize controlled lane splitting of motorcycles in Texas. Studies have shown that this is both beneficial to traffic flow and to rider safety. Take a look.

Hope it passes!

User avatar

Liberty
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 4
Posts: 5851
Joined: Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:49 pm
Location: Galveston
Contact:

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#2

Post by Liberty » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:51 am

What is lane splitting?
Liberty''s Blog
"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." John F. Kennedy

User avatar

jmra
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 10338
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:51 am
Location: Ellis County

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#3

Post by jmra » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:56 am

Liberty wrote:What is lane splitting?
It's when motorcycles ride in between lanes of cars. Two lanes of traffic are stopped or slow moving and a motorcycle rides between the two lanes of traffic to the front of the line.
Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.
John Wayne
NRA Lifetime member

User avatar

Liberty
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 4
Posts: 5851
Joined: Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:49 pm
Location: Galveston
Contact:

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#4

Post by Liberty » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:00 pm

Thanks for the info. Sounds like a good Idea.
I do know some of these big bikes tend to overheat if sitting in traffic for to long on a hot Texas Day ..
Liberty''s Blog
"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." John F. Kennedy


ianmko
Junior Member
Posts in topic: 2
Posts: 6
Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:08 am

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#5

Post by ianmko » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:12 pm

Awesome! This is one case where Texas actually needs to catch up with California... haha!

User avatar

Charles L. Cotton
Site Admin
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 17122
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:31 pm
Location: Friendswood, TX
Contact:

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#6

Post by Charles L. Cotton » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:22 pm

I hope this bill passes. A few weeks back, I started watching every motorcycle "how to" video I could find. Lane-splitting, counter-steering and braking are popular videos. I see the advantage of lane-splitting for bikers and motorists.

BTW, my quest to return to riding after decades away is over.

Chas.
Image


uthornsfan
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 3
Posts: 407
Joined: Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:13 pm
Location: Austin, TX

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#7

Post by uthornsfan » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:32 pm

So excited for both Chas coming back to two wheels and for this to have potential for passage.

User avatar

Topic author
TVGuy
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 17
Posts: 1088
Joined: Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:47 am
Location: DFW

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#8

Post by TVGuy » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:38 pm

Congrats, Charles! I went through the same thing, but it was only about one decade. Still too long.

User avatar

Topic author
TVGuy
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 17
Posts: 1088
Joined: Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:47 am
Location: DFW

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#9

Post by TVGuy » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:41 pm

On a side note, I can't believe I found something I agree w/ Sen. Watson about.


locke_n_load
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 966
Joined: Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:35 pm

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#10

Post by locke_n_load » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:13 pm

TVGuy wrote:I apologize in advance if this should be in a different area, as it is not gun related.

SB 288 is awaiting referral to committee. It would legalize controlled lane splitting of motorcycles in Texas. Studies have shown that this is both beneficial to traffic flow and to rider safety. Take a look.

Hope it passes!
Got any studies or links for how lane splitting is safer? Just always seemed like a good way to run into someone (I ride). Thanks!
"They that would give up Essential Liberty, for a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"

EDC - Glock 26 Gen IV
CHL Holder since 10/08

User avatar

RoyGBiv
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 7311
Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:41 am
Location: Fort Worth

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#11

Post by RoyGBiv » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:17 pm

Would love to be able to filter to the front at traffic lights... !!
Not only would it speed up my journeys, but sitting at the back of the queue is a good way to get smashed by an inattentive driver.

Not sure how much I'd split slow moving traffic. At least not until it was a"thing" for a while and cage drivers got used to it.

I'm also in the "hard to believe I want a California law here" camp.
I am not a lawyer. This is NOT legal advice.!
Image
Nothing tempers idealism quite like the cold bath of reality.... SQLGeek


Soccerdad1995
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 7
Posts: 3490
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:03 pm

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#12

Post by Soccerdad1995 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:24 pm

RoyGBiv wrote:Would love to be able to filter to the front at traffic lights... !!
Not only would it speed up my journeys, but sitting at the back of the queue is a good way to get smashed by an inattentive driver.

Not sure how much I'd split slow moving traffic. At least not until it was a"thing" for a while and cage drivers got used to it.

I'm also in the "hard to believe I want a California law here" camp.
Is the bill intended to allow for cutting to the front in a normal stoplight situation? That seems different than a traffic congestion situation.

I am fine with this as long as the onus is placed on the motorcycle rider to ensure that this maneuver can be done safely. I go to California about once a year, and it is not uncommon for me to see some very close calls with cars changing lanes and riders barely missing rear view mirrors with the sides of their bikes.
Ding dong, the witch is dead

User avatar

Pawpaw
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 2
Posts: 6129
Joined: Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:16 am
Location: Hunt County

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#13

Post by Pawpaw » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:29 pm

:iagree: The biggest problem I've seen in Kalifornia is the idiots riding bikes (not all riders, just the idiots). Traffic will be crawling and here comes some idiot that thinks he can line ride at 60 or 70 mph. I've seen a few get splattered that way. Speed differential can be a killer.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams

NRA Benefactor Life Member

User avatar

WildBill
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 5
Posts: 16560
Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:53 pm
Location: Houston

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#14

Post by WildBill » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:33 pm

ianmko wrote:Awesome! This is one case where Texas actually needs to catch up with California... haha!
:iagree: This has been in affect in California for as long as I can remember.
In California a traffic lane is defined by how many vehicles can drive in the lane rather than lines painted on the road.
During the evacuation for hurricane Ike, I was amazing at the motorcycles sitting behind cars idling and going no where.
Since the cars were standing still, IMO it would have been safe to drive between the cars.

Replying to PawPaw's comment, I have been on I-45 in Houston driving at 50-60 MPH and have had Ninja bikers pass me
like I was standing still.
Last edited by WildBill on Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:44 am, edited 2 times in total.
NRA Endowment Member

User avatar

oljames3
Senior Member
Posts in topic: 1
Posts: 1871
Joined: Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:21 pm
Location: Elgin, Texas
Contact:

Re: SB 288 - Motorcycle "lane splitting" bill

#15

Post by oljames3 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:34 pm

Charles L. Cotton wrote:I hope this bill passes. A few weeks back, I started watching every motorcycle "how to" video I could find. Lane-splitting, counter-steering and braking are popular videos. I see the advantage of lane-splitting for bikers and motorists.

BTW, my quest to return to riding after decades away is over.

Chas.
Once again, you are my hero!
;-)
O. Lee James, III Captain, US Army (Retired 2012), Honorable Order of St. Barbara
2/19FA, 1st Cavalry Division 73-78; 56FA BDE (Pershing) 78-81
NRA Distinguished Life Member (Disabled Vet), TSRA, NAR L1

Locked

Return to “2017 Texas Legislative Session”