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Texas riders may have the chance to 'Lane Split' similar to California riders. The bill has some stipulations (both rider and passenger MUST have helmets, safe speeding through lanes, etc...) The bill is SB 506.

The hearing is next Wednesday - March 18th, 2009 at 730-800am. I'm still trying to find the EXACT address, but it's been mentioned it's going to be at the capital extension on 1400 congress street.

ADDRESS:
Wednesday, March 18th 7:30 to 8:00 am Capitol Extension room E1.016,
1400 Congess Ave


A member of a local board of mine here in San Antonio will be speaking for the proposed bill and is looking for some responsible riders that could accompany her for support.


Even if you live NOWHERE close to Austin to make this, call your representative and urge them to be in support of this new bill.

Here is the document (and page down a bit):
http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/view.php?id=1109764&da=y

EDIT: Updated address info.
 

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Here's the place where the mtg will be held.

Wednesday, March 18th 7:30 to 8:00 am Capitol Extension room E1.016,
1400 Congess Ave

Moira from Elite Track Days has been asked to speak to the committee.

From another board I belong to:

I just got a call asking me to speak for the committee proposing the lane splitting bill.

There is opposition, and its from motorcyclists. They don't want to be FORCED to wear a helmet. What.the.hell.I think its a great idea. So I want to support it as is.

The hearing is next Wednesday. I'm getting full details emailed to me with all the times, but she said to expect it in the AM. I want to show up with a small army of responsible riders trying to push this through process.

Who's with me? ....

I want people showing up looking like the responsible riders we are - even if you don't ride there. PLEASE wear a jacket, carry gloves and a helmet. If our primary opposition on this are the bikers for head freedom, we want to look like the SAFE ones... if we market this right the cagers will be on OUR side because it will make motorcycling "safer" by default.
 

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Not familiar with Texas laws yet, but based on the above I am assuming that helments aren't required by law. So the opposition from motorcylists to lane splitting is from the camp that doesn't where helmets, but are they opposing the ability to lane-split at all, or the fact that the new law would require them to wear helmets while doing so.

Also, this wouldn't change the overall helmet law for the state I'm assuming.
 

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There is a current helmet law. There is a provision within the current law to ride without one. The proposed bill does not affect the existing law. I believe it only requires those that choose to lane split to also be wearing a helmet. Seems sensible to me.
 

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Agreed that it makes sense to lane split with one (since it always makes sense to wear a helmet to me), just seemed funny that other motorcyclists would oppose it because of that.

Can you explain this is a bit further: "There is a current helmet law. There is a provision within the current law to ride without one."?

So there's a law regarding helmet use, but there are exceptions to it?
 

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Go Texas! Good luck with that. After living in CA, there's nothing worse than sitting in VA traffic when there are perfectly good voids between the lines of cars to exploit.
 

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AWESOME! If Texas makes the move, other states may soon follow! I really like the helmet caveat. I've been making the same proposition here in Utah.

Great job Texas! (must be them trying to make up for Dub-yah) :)

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As someone who lives and rides in California I can only tell you to SUPPORT THIS BILL!!!

It is far safer IMO, if done properly, than stopping behind a line of cars and taking up the space of a car in the lane.
 

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So there's a law regarding helmet use, but there are exceptions to it?
Yes. This is copied from the other board I belong to.

http://law.onecle.com/texas/transportation/661.003.00.html

§ 661.003. OFFENSES RELATING TO NOT WEARING PROTECTIVE
HEADGEAR. (a) A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) operates or rides as a passenger on a motorcycle on
a public street or highway; and
(2) is not wearing protective headgear that meets
safety standards adopted by the department.
(b) A person commits an offense if the person carries on a
motorcycle on a public street or highway a passenger who is not
wearing protective headgear that meets safety standards adopted by
the department.
(c) It is an exception to the application of Subsection (a)
or (b) that at the time the offense was committed, the person
required to wear protective headgear was at least 21 years old and
had successfully completed a motorcycle operator training and
safety course under Chapter 662 or was covered by a health insurance
plan providing the person with at least $10,000 in medical benefits
for injuries incurred as a result of an accident while operating or
riding on a motorcycle. A peace officer may not arrest a person or
issue a citation to a person for a violation of Subsection (a) or
(b) if the person required to wear protective headgear is at least
21 years of age and presents evidence sufficient to show that the
person required to wear protective headgear has successfully
completed a motorcycle operator training and safety course or is
covered by a health insurance plan as described by this subsection.
(d) The department shall issue a sticker to a person who:
(1) is at least 21 years old;
(2) applies to the department on a form provided by the
department;
(3) provides the department with evidence
satisfactory to the department showing that the person:
(A) is the owner of a motorcycle that is
currently registered in this state; and
(B) has successfully completed the training and
safety course described by Subsection (c) or has the insurance
coverage described by that subsection; and
(4) pays a fee of $5 for the sticker.
(e) A person may apply to the department for a sticker for
each motorcycle owned by the applicant.
(f) A sticker issued by the department under Subsection (d)
expires on the third anniversary of the date of issuance.
(g) A person operating or riding as a passenger on a
motorcycle that displays on the license plate of the motorcycle or
the license plate mounting bracket a sticker issued by the
department under Subsection (d) is presumed to have successfully
completed the training and safety course described by Subsection
(c) or to have the insurance coverage described by that subsection.
(h) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor
punishable by a fine of not less than $10 or more than $50.
(i) In this section, "health insurance plan" means an
individual, group, blanket, or franchise insurance policy,
insurance agreement, evidence of coverage, group hospital services
contract, health maintenance organization membership, or employee
benefit plan that provides benefits for health care services or for
medical or surgical expenses incurred as a result of an accident.
 

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As someone who lives and rides in California I can only tell you to SUPPORT THIS BILL!!!

It is far safer IMO, if done properly, than stopping behind a line of cars and taking up the space of a car in the lane.
Amazingly, all the data supports the fact that it is indeed safer!

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More info copied from the other board.

Send your Senator a message with your support for SB506. At the same time, send Senator John Carona a message as well. It takes just a moment, and will get us so much farther. We need humans showing up, but if I can't have everyone there - I need at least a stack of printed emails.

We NEED a voice. And, right now our voice is the TMRA (google it, dont want them linking back to here.) THEY are our voice. They are making the legislature think WE want them talking for us - that is, if we don't do it ourselves.

Here's the contact info for the Texas Senators:

Chair: Sen. John Carona (Introduced Bill)
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist16/dist16.htm

Vice Chair: Sen. Kirk Watson
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist14/dist14.htm

Sen. Wendy Davis
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist10/dist10.htm

Sen. Rodney Ellis
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist13/dist13.htm

Sen. Joan Huffman
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist17/dist17.htm

Sen. Robert Nichols
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist3/dist3.htm

Sen. Florence Shapiro
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist8/dist8.htm

Sen. Eliot Shapleigh
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist29/dist29.htm

Sen. Jeff Wentworth
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/members/dist25/dist25.htm

When contacting, reference Texas SB 506 so they know what you're talking about.
 

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Amazingly, all the data supports the fact that it is indeed safer!

dp
It sure used to FEEL safer to me, when I used to do it. At least I didn't feel like I was going to be the meet in a quick-stop accordian sandwich.

Regarding the TX exemptions to the helmet law: I find this interesting. Wouldn't someone who completed a safety course, and paid attention actually want to wear their helmet?

Also, do they really think that $10,000 in medical insurance is enough? One of my Marines accidently shot himself in the arse one day (don't ask) and the off-base hospital he went to initially charged him over $7,000 just to patch him up well enough to transfer him to the base.
 

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Regarding the TX exemptions to the helmet law: I find this interesting. Wouldn't someone who completed a safety course, and paid attention actually want to wear their helmet?
Are you kidding? I've probably taught thousands of students, and the vast majority of them think helmets are for pansies.

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Are you kidding? I've probably taught thousands of students, and the vast majority of them think helmets are for pansies.

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I guess I learned the easy way. Back in my early riding days, when I actually sometimes decided to not wear one, I had a gravel induced lowside one day. Luckily, that day I had it on. I didn't even feel my head hit the ground, but when I took my helmet off, there was a piece of gravel about 1/2" big embedded in the back of my helmet right about at the base of where my skull would have hit.
 

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I like the bill, I wish they would introduce that here. I mean, it honestly doesn't deter me in the least that I could get ticketed for it, but it would be nice to not have to worry about getting pulled over.
 

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I will be there. I don't really ride on the streets anymore, but I would love to come provide support.

My only worry is that if it passes, the word needs to get out through an advertising campaign or something. I'm scared of the cagers trying to murder us when they see us breezing through I35 when it becomes a parking lot.
 
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