Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Pierre, South Dakota
I am the biggest supporter of lane-splitting, but I have only done it in California in situations where it is legal. If you are filtering in Texas, there is a good chance that some vigilante motorist will decide that you shouldn't be allowed to do that and try to stop you--and not in a polite way. It is certainly reasonable to want to protect yourself from being rear-ended or something similar, but I would probably just squeeze between the cars directly in front of me instead of going all the way to the front. Maybe give the drivers a friendly wave to convince them that you aren't trying to cut in front of them. I have seen some scary situations where a motorist believes that the appropriate response to a motorcyclist cutting in front of them is to attempt to commit vehicular manslaughter. Also, as others have said, it's harder to make the case for legal lane-splitting when we do it illegally. The public doesn't understand the safety aspect, they just want motorcyclists to follow the same rules that they have to. They won't even listen to our case if they think we're just a bunch of selfish jerks who want to cut the line. That being said, motorcyclists are going to continue to split lanes just as motorists are going to continue to talk on their damn phones. Just be safe out there.
Confucius say: "Motorcycle can not stand on it's own because it is two-tired."