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Readers Respond: Should lane splitting be legalized?

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Lane Splitting

YES! Lane Splitting should be allowed, with restrictions. When Traffic is very slow bikes overheat and are in danger of not only breaking down but also burning the rider. The danger is when bikes fly through lanes when traffic is also flowing, there is no need for that.
—Guest Bonnie

Lane Splitting Common Sense

I do lane split - it's legal over here, BUT, I only do it where it's safe to, and I do it slowly! Car doors and pedestrians do not look good on my bike, and my legs are still fairly pretty - I want to keep them that way.
—Guest Survivor

Get Respect

You cannot expect our four wheeled friends to respect motorcyclists, unless motorcyclists adhere to the same laws as car drivers. Would you want a car driver to "share" part of your lane? Just be patient and ride where you can be seen; position your bike in the lane where a car driver would want you to be so that they can see you. There are more cars on the road than motorcycles. If it ever came down to which of the two should be abolished – car drivers would win the vote. Get respect. Don’t split lanes or ride on shoulders or zip up to the front at stop lights. Ride by the same laws as car drivers have to obey. Bicyclists could learn from this also; but that’s another story.
—Guest Murray Hill

Get Respect

You cannot expect our four wheeled friends to respect motorcyclists, unless motorcyclists adhere to the same laws as car drivers. Would you want a car driver to "share" part of your lane? Just be patient and ride where you can be seen; position your bike in the lane where a car driver would want you to be so that they can see you. There are more cars on the road than motorcycles. If it ever came down to which of the two should be abolished – car drivers would win the vote. Get respect. Don’t split lanes or ride on shoulders or zip up to the front at stop lights. Ride by the same laws as car drivers have to obey. Bicyclists could learn from this also; but that’s another story.
—Guest Murray Hill

Davidson

I think Lane splitting is not safe,to many people out there dislike motorcycles and add gowing between them when they can't do the same leads to problems,like intentionally opening a door or swerving to box you in.
—Guest Larry

Only When Traffic is Stalled

It is ok if the cars are stalled bumper to bumper. Why then shouldn't a bike ride up the middle. When traffic is moving, then there is no control. I don't live in CA and one time while driving through it, two bikes came out of some place I didn't see and flew between us and the car to my right. If I had decided to change lanes for some reason either ahead of behind that car, I would have sheared off those guys. They weren't using lane-splitting as a help in rush hour, but as a regular riding habit, making cages a slalom course.
—nerdonwheels

@ madsendl

"Lane splitting is dumb and always has been. Why do yu think insurance rates for motorcycles are so high? This is part of the reason, and add road rage to that!" Apart for your poor grammar, your information is also wrong. Motorcycle insurance rates are considerably cheaper than car and other vehicle rates. I agree with lane splitting. I hope that it will be legalized across the US. As long as both motorcyclist and everyone else on the road is careful, lane splitting will save lives. Many lives could be saved by preventing rear end collisions!
—Guest Borami

durned tootin'

i've seen a couple objections to lane splitting here: riders can't ride, drivers can't drive, car doors opening. lane split at your own risk. if drivers can't drive then don't if riders can't ride then don't if you are opening your door check your mirror first.
—Guest supes

Lane Splitting

It should be legal for multiple reasons, and here is why. The main safety reason for splitting lanes is to avoid a rear end collision, and to avoid excess heat dangers such as over heated bike and possible heat stroke (it is entirely possible when sitting between cars at 103 degrees). There was a study conducted that compared rear end fatality rates with riders in California, Texas, and, Florida (California is the only state where it is legal and Texas/Florida have the same all year riding conditions as California). In Texas and Florida the Fatality rates for rear end motorcycle collisions were 30% higher than California. 30% is a lot of riders that aren't dying because of this law. Now if you add the fatality caused by the lane split law, it doesn't even come close to the 30% lives saved by this law. Source as well as attached articles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNGD9AAIfFU
—Guest Alex S

Lane Splitting

It should be legal for multiple reasons, and here is why. The main safety reason for splitting lanes is to avoid a rear end collision, and to avoid excess heat dangers such as over heated bike and possible heat stroke (it is entirely possible when sitting between cars at 103 degrees). There was a study conducted that compared rear end fatality rates with riders in California, Texas, and, Florida (California is the only state where it is legal and Texas/Florida have the same all year riding conditions as California). In Texas and Florida the Fatality rates for rear end motorcycle collisions were 30% higher than California. 30% is a lot of riders that aren't dying because of this law. Now if you add the fatality caused by the lane split law, it doesn't even come close to the 30% lives saved by this law. While on a motorcycle you are a lot more aware to your surroundings as you field of view is greatly increased as well as sitting higher (than most standard compacts) http://www.youtub
—Guest Alex S

Definitely NO!

I live and ride in California, and I hate most of the riders on the road. Because I saw too many crazy riders splitting lanes in high-speed traffic, in order to save a few seconds of their travel time. It’s way too dangerous for everyone. They should outlaw it. Again, 49 states could not be all wrong. Most of the European and Asian cities are totally different from ours, therefore, we shouldn’t make the comparison with them.
—Guest Jess999

lane splitting

Yes. I have seen it done in the state of CA. If the Motorcycles and Scooters can do it at a Safe Speed OK Go for it.
—Guest Mark J.

Yes

I had to laugh as I am working in Thailand this week. It seems there are more scooters than cars and they are all splitting lanes. The Bangkok traffic can be very heavy and seem like barely controlled chaos but everybody seems aware of their surroundings and very tolerant. I've yet to see any road rage or even a horn honk. Wish I could say the same for Cali and the rest of the US.
—Guest Bo

Filtering (lane splitting)

I'm a motorcycle instructor in the UK, although the art of filtering is not generally taught as part of training, the law here looks upon it as acceptable so long as "you do not cause any other road user to change speed or direction" so when filtering is carried out safely and with consideration for others it makes full use of a motorcycles ability to "make progress" but we must remember that the faster we ride in relation to the vehicles we are passing, then the bigger the "DANGER" if we filter at high speed then it only serves to anger and frustrate other motorists as they sit in there little tin boxes and curse us, so yes lets "split lanes" but do it safely, and remember, it's only when your bike is safley parked in the garage and your sat enjoying a nice cup of tea/beer, then you can say "I've had a good day"
—rsmmike

Yes

Yes, should be legal but only if the cars are also responsible and get heavy tickets for changing lanes without blinkers on for a reasonable amount of time (can't change lanes and turn on blinkers at same time). As long as they use their mirrors (side ones too), and stop use of cell phones and texting unless via handless...
—Guest FrankG

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