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post #1 of 35 Old 01-12-2017, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Oregon 2017 Lane Splitting Bill

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Never, ever, having done lane splitting, I have a question. When, let's say, multiple lanes of traffic on a controlled highway have crawled to a stop for a red light, and Joe Strom split lanes to the front of the swarm, does Joe really get to the intersection still splitting lanes and in between two cars at the front, the light turns green and Joe Strom gets to gun it and leave all the others in his dust?
I have never even seen this done.
Around here someone would eventually either ram you or shoot you.

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This bill is limited to roads with speed limits >50, traffic is going <10, and the moto can't go any faster than 20. Basically it's only for hwy traffic jams. Easy and safe.
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Never, ever, having done lane splitting, I have a question. When, let's say, multiple lanes of traffic on a controlled highway have crawled to a stop for a red light, and Joe Strom split lanes to the front of the swarm, does Joe really get to the intersection still splitting lanes and in between two cars at the front, the light turns green and Joe Strom gets to gun it and leave all the others in his dust?
I have never even seen this done.
Around here someone would eventually either ram you or shoot you.
Having done lane splitting in Calif, Panama, and Germany on both an old BMW and GL1500 Gold Wing, gunning the engine is not necessary. My experience is drivers, especially in Germany, are courteous.

During traffic jams on the Autobahn, otherwise known as a stau, drivers moved their cars AWAY from the white line to provide motorcycles MORE room to get thru. Riders were also courteous and not blazing thru stopped traffic. They rode thru at reasonable speeds and blended back into traffic once everyone started moving again.

In Panama City, Panama, one driver could have taken me out when I failed to check before pulling into his lane. Instead, he locked up his brakes and didn't kill me.

To answer your basic question, yes, bikes get to the front of stopped traffic by splitting lanes and pull out in front of most cars. But they still have to blend into moving traffic once the light turns green if there are several bikes lined up.
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Lane splitting is safe and effective for getting through the traffic that clogs the roadway.
It's so sad to hear some nay sayers suggest no one should do it because they don't think it is safe.
All Yall's go ahead and sit in stopped traffic but don't stifle the rest of us.
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Lane splitting is safe and effective for getting through the traffic that clogs the roadway.
It's so sad to hear some nay sayers suggest no one should do it because they don't think it is safe.
All Yall's go ahead and sit in stopped traffic but don't stifle the rest of us.
You don't mean me, do you?
Honest. I really don't know. Mine were questions, not opinions.
And I still hope for replies more germane to the topic in general. I would like to know.

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Never, ever, having done lane splitting, I have a question. When, let's say, multiple lanes of traffic on a controlled highway have crawled to a stop for a red light, and Joe Strom split lanes to the front of the swarm, does Joe really get to the intersection still splitting lanes and in between two cars at the front, the light turns green and Joe Strom gets to gun it and leave all the others in his dust?

I have never even seen this done.

Around here someone would eventually either ram you or shoot you.


In California that is how it works. As long as the cars are far enough apart so as not to hit them or their mirrors you can go the front of the line.
Lane splitting is common on the freeways as well. It is intended to be done as traffic is slowing due to congestion. It is not meant to be used like a race track weaving between cars at high rates of speed.
Most but not all of the car drivers will give you extra space IF they see you in their mirrors. I had a driver intentionally cut me off in a 5mph traffic jam. I'm not sure if he thought I was breaking the law, was jealous that that his car wouldn't fit or if he was just a jerk.


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RE: SB385 Motorcycle passing

My name is ______________ and I reside at _________________, Oregon. I am an ___________ working at __________. I am writing you to ask that you help make my commute safer. When the traffic is stopped, I'm at risk of being hit from behind. In a car this would be a fender bender, but on a motorcycle it is a hospital visit. This bill allows me to slowly and safely move out of the way in that situation. Please support SB 385 and help save lives.

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On a work trip to Penang Malaysia (a small island) I rented a motorcycle for the weekend and road around the perimeter of the island. They have a higher ratio of motorcycles to cars than we do in Oregon and lane splitting is the norm. All cars were curious in my limited experience. What surprised me the most was how easily I adapted to doing it.
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This bill is limited to roads with speed limits >50, traffic is going <10, and the moto can't go any faster than 20. Basically it's only for hwy traffic jams. Easy and safe.
Does this mean no "shotgunning" on city streets at stoplights?
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