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This has probabl been asked and answered a thousand times but I need to know.
If your on a duel carriageway and the left lane is slow/stopped due to traffic light control on the slip road with the right lane moving at normal speeds would you guy's filter/join at the slip road entrance then filter to the lights, the lights are 300yards along the slip road.
For anyone who may know the road I'm talking about the slip road that joins the Erskin bridge from the Dumbarton side. Just curiouse as I'm thinking of taking the bike to work and want to be sure it's ok to do this as I'm a new rider and not 100% on the filtering rules. Looking for some help and advise here.
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I can kinda relate to what you're saying and I avoid doing that unless I lose patience which is rare :-) You're legally allowed to split only between two lanes moving in same direction. I don't think you can ride along with cars in in a single lane. I'm assuming you're not in California, so rules may be different.
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5 yrs in Bangkok corroded my sense of civic responsibility, but.....

look for the fuzz...... and if all clear gently ride to the front any way you can that will attract the minimum of notice....and get thru.

When traffic is thick and wild your obligation is to get thru it with maximum attention (resulting in no surprises) and minimal notice.

ps now a Cali resident....and I rarely ride in traffic anymore.
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UK rider sorry ash2020 that's good info thanks and thanks to the rest

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This has probabl been asked and answered a thousand times but I need to know.
If your on a duel carriageway and the left lane is slow/stopped due to traffic light control on the slip road with the right lane moving at normal speeds would you guy's filter/join at the slip road entrance then filter to the lights, the lights are 300yards along the slip road.
For anyone who may know the road I'm talking about the slip road that joins the Erskin bridge from the Dumbarton side. Just curiouse as I'm thinking of taking the bike to work and want to be sure it's ok to do this as I'm a new rider and not 100% on the filtering rules. Looking for some help and advise here.
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yes, why not? that's one of the reasons for riding a bike!
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Filtering is legal in the UK, just frowned upon by police above 30mph, you need to overtake at least 1 lane meaning don't filter between the lefthand curb and a line of cars(some idiot on L plates was doing this the other day past me, doubt the large trucks he was passing like that even knew he was there even after he's gone past them nevermind during) but in the middle of two lines of cars technically you're overtaking the left line and that's filtering.

Police can put on without due care or dangerous at you if your doing it above 30, also you still need to observe road traffic law, you can't break solid lines regardless of the traffic being still or not but you can break solid lines to overtake slow moving vehicles like tractors etc(not many people know that).

I know it's part of biking but I generally try avoid it, people chop and change lanes so badly in the UK, I'll do it along stationary traffic no problem but if its moving i'll be doing it very slowly and getting back in lane near crossings/junctions etc never any point filtering during those!


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Great advice guy's thanks not to keen on it as I've just past so limited on the skill side.
If I filtered as described I would save a good 20mins on my journey home. Food for thought won't try till I'm ready.

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