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Darth Knox
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« on: July 08, 2019, 11:57:33 AM »

FYI - Filtering is 100% legal in the UK and is actually part of the highway code that bikes should, where possible when it's safe, filter through traffic.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDwiPuqqdd0" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDwiPuqqdd0</a>
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 12:54:44 PM »

Some excellent points made here.
And they've started allowing filtering through stopped traffic where I am now
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2019, 09:45:51 PM »

Before I watch it, we wave at another biking that we see and although lane splitting isn't illegal or legal here in Texas, I only do it in rush hour traffic on the highway or street but not at 140 MPH, at 30 MPH so that I can stop quickly without hurting myself, and at a light because idiots don't pay attention and run into people. My bike is water-cooled but it'll still overheat especially in Texas heat
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 06:48:38 AM »

Living in London, I'm lucky if I ever manage to get my bike over 25mph! What with traffic, traffic lights, pedestrian crossing etc. However, that's why I know that you don't need to go fast when filtering. Firstly, because some pedestrians don't look when stepping off the kerb, 95% of the time because they are s engrossed in their mobile phones. Secondly, if traffic is not moving, or is constantly stop start, even going 15mph, I will still get to my destination a lot quicker than someone in a car.
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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2019, 09:56:13 AM »

Before I watch it, we wave at another biking that we see and although lane splitting isn't illegal or legal here in Texas, I only do it in rush hour traffic on the highway or street but not at 140 MPH, at 30 MPH so that I can stop quickly without hurting myself, and at a light because idiots don't pay attention and run into people. My bike is water-cooled but it'll still overheat especially in Texas heat
Lane splitting IS illegal in Texas.  There was a proposed bill this past legislative session to make it legal but it didn't even make past the "filed" stage. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2019, 12:59:03 PM »

There's actually a bit of division between bikers and scooter riders in London. Scooter riders, for the most part, tend to be delivery drivers (pizza, takeaways etc). And they all tend to stick together. They will actually have conversations with each other at traffic lights. However, they will pretty much ignore bikers. Bikers will do the "nod of acknowledgement" thing. Not all the time in London, but definitely once you leave the city and go out into the countryside.
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2019, 04:42:27 AM »

Lane splitting IS illegal in Texas.  There was a proposed bill this past legislative session to make it legal but it didn't even make past the "filed" stage. 

You're right; however, I've done it next to police officers and have asked them if I could due to the heating issue for any bike being stationary. They were all fine with it as long as I wasn't doing stupid stuff and one of them even escorted me.
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 01:57:26 PM »

The language was very much NSFW; it would have been nice to have a warning before I played that.

And if it's illegal where you are (like the video's narrator claims it is where he is), then filtering/lane-splitting simply shouldn't be done, because a) it's illegal, and because of that it's b) unexpected and therefore c) shocking/frightening/startling to the drivers of all those bigger, less-maneuverable, slower-to-stop, more-damage-resistant vehicles on the road.  If it's legal where you are, then all three of those points are moot.  If it's unexpected to the other drivers at that point, then it's on them, not you.  (For instance, if I were to drive my vehicle in California and be startled by a lane-splitting biker, that would be MY problem, not the biker's... unless I did something really stupid, and my startled reaction caused an accident or near-accident, in which case it would be OUR problem, caused by me.)
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