Exactly! It's going to take some folks getting knocked to the ground and possibly killed before this attitude of many Texans is eliminated.I lived in Germany for three years and traveled to nearly all western European countries where lane splitting is "allowed" on multilane between cars traveling the same direction and between on coming cars on a two lane road. If there is a collision while lane splitting it is less severe than being rear ended as it would usually be a glancing blow vs. a direct hit from behind. Until cars get used to it, it is vital that it is done with caution and not French style. In France they split lanes in stop and go traffic jams at approximately 70mph. If performed with caution lane splitting is safer for motorcyclists and reduces congestion by removing us from the congestion. It will be a little dangerous at first as motorists will not realize that once legalized they will face charges for intentionally hindering a motorcyclist filtering through traffic. The California Patrol had to issue public statements warning motorists that they will be charged if caught hindering a motorcyclist legally filtering through traffic.
It is the common non motorcyclist attitude of "oh no you are not getting in front of me" attitude that we must first overcome to first get this legislation passed and then do this safely.
Why is it any different then illegal speeding? Do cars move into the left "passing only" lane to imped those speeders trying getting ahead of them? (actually some do, just not intentionally)....
At this point, it irks me when bikes filter, because it is illegal, giving bikers a bad image. I have seen bikes doing it and cars purposefully moving in front of them and blocking the bike...
Well, that irks me also.Why is it any different then illegal speeding? Do cars move into the left "passing only" lane to imped those speeders trying getting ahead of them? (actually some do, just not intentionally).
Slow left lane traffic is something I have had to get used to I'm Texas, New Mexico state police never put up with that at least when I was younger. Left was for passing, not regular driving. Police have relaxed a lot it seems over the years, probably just picking the battles they really want to fight. Regardless, we still need a little more traffic enforcement specifically speeding. That really irks me..Well, that irks me also.
And I do see people riding in the left lane going slower that other traffic all the time.
Lots of stuff irks me though.