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post #1 of 13 Old 08-15-2015, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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commuting in chicago with motorcycle..advice?

Im new to Illinois. Is there any advantage (wrt traffic and navigation) to commuting with a motorcycle? I don't mean for gas, (obviously an advantage) but I mean would it be any faster?
Specifically, are you allowed to go in between cars when you have a motorcycle in Illinois or do you get ticket? I have to go from hyde park to des plaines at 4pm weekdays which as I understand it is the all time worst time for traffic right? But would a motorcycle help in any way or pointless?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-16-2015, 03:37 PM
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I would suggest looking up motorcycle laws for Illinois and even Chicago, but it looks like lane splitting is a no-no.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-16-2015, 08:02 PM
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Is your life insurance paid up? I drive in to the city daily and would not feel comfortable riding a cycle with all the idiots on the road texting.
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Even if a cop sees you lane splitting, how is he going to catch you in traffic?...

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post #5 of 13 Old 08-17-2015, 05:36 AM
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It's pretty much a national things now that bikes get to use the carpool lane. That would be a benefit in my book. I won't even consider splitting lanes in an area unfamiliar with it, people get pissed off and it just takes a second for a car to not look and cut over.

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-17-2015, 05:39 AM
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It's pretty much a national things now that bikes get to use the carpool lane. That would be a benefit in my book. I won't even consider splitting lanes in an area unfamiliar with it, people get pissed off and it just takes a second for a car to not look and cut over.
People sometimes door check lane splitters to...people lane split in LA though and I think LA has a larger population.
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-17-2015, 06:06 AM
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People sometimes door check lane splitters to...people lane split in LA though and I think LA has a larger population.
It's legal there though.

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post #8 of 13 Old 08-17-2015, 06:56 AM
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Im new to Illinois. Is there any advantage (wrt traffic and navigation) to commuting with a motorcycle? I don't mean for gas, (obviously an advantage) but I mean would it be any faster?
Specifically, are you allowed to go in between cars when you have a motorcycle in Illinois or do you get ticket? I have to go from hyde park to des plaines at 4pm weekdays which as I understand it is the all time worst time for traffic right? But would a motorcycle help in any way or pointless?
To answer your question directly, splitting lanes in Illinois is illegal. So no, a motorcycle will not help you get anywhere faster than a car.

Here's my honest opinion. Have you taken a motorcycle safety class? If not, do the beginner, intermediate and advanced. YOU WILL NEED THE SKILLS!! The drivers here are crazy, seriously. They are the dumbest bunch of ****tards I have ever seen. They are very, very aggressive. They will pull out in front of you without so much as a second thought.

If you have ridden before, you will need to bring your A game everyday. You will have to ride VERY defensively and always be searching and scanning for the next idiot that wants to kill you.

If you get a bike here, wear a helmet. There is no helmet law, but nobody looks cool drooling in a hospital bed. Don't ride dumb, be smart, and be cautious.

Oh, and also, the road conditions here are terrible. Pot holes, uneven roads, and the construction creates lots of gravel.

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Is your life insurance paid up? I drive in to the city daily and would not feel comfortable riding a cycle with all the idiots on the road texting.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-17-2015, 08:30 AM
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To answer your question directly, splitting lanes in Illinois is illegal. So no, a motorcycle will not help you get anywhere faster than a car.

Here's my honest opinion. Have you taken a motorcycle safety class? If not, do the beginner, intermediate and advanced. YOU WILL NEED THE SKILLS!! The drivers here are crazy, seriously. They are the dumbest bunch of ****tards I have ever seen. They are very, very aggressive. They will pull out in front of you without so much as a second thought.

If you have ridden before, you will need to bring your A game everyday. You will have to ride VERY defensively and always be searching and scanning for the next idiot that wants to kill you.

If you get a bike here, wear a helmet. There is no helmet law, but nobody looks cool drooling in a hospital bed. Don't ride dumb, be smart, and be cautious.

Oh, and also, the road conditions here are terrible. Pot holes, uneven roads, and the construction creates lots of gravel.

Good luck!

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I'd also recommend a motorcycle jacket and pants incase you lay your bike down
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Be aware of your location and be prepared to take off if someone comes off the curb at a stoplight
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-18-2015, 12:13 PM
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I work mostly in the outer Chicagoland burbs, so I'm not sure--isn't there a way to make the Metra system do most of the work of commuting from Chicago to Des Plaines?


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post #13 of 13 Old 08-19-2015, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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I did a test run (by car) yesterday. I went went from Hyde Park to Des plaines at 4:30pm and I arrived at my destination at 5:40pm. I was really surprised cuz I thought with the rush hour it would take about 2 hours. Is this normal commute time or is this just a lucky commute? It definitely slowed down in some places but the traffic was always moving. Is this normal for Chicago?
bus/trains take about 2 hrs 15mins
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