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"
- 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
Well what's the problem?
- There is a responsible way to do anything. Make it legal,; at the very least make it legal at stop lights. Then you don't have to worry about the unconsious person behind you.
- —Guest Harry'O
- I like the lane splitting. I don't like Kalifornia. It should be legal, saves gas, lessens rear-end accidents.
- —Guest Breeze
- no,no,no. 1 car door can ruin your whole day #@$%*))*^%UJBVDEYU)*^$WSFTHBGGRR((**&^%$#@@$^*.
- —Guest hopalong40
Why aggravate the cagers
- I am guessing that having a bike go by splitting lanes while a driver is stuck in traffic is frustrating to say the least. The negative PR for a group with a major image problem should be concidered.
- —Guest Tom
- 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!
- the Hurt report said it is easier and safer to split lanes than to wait in a line. In a line you run the risk of being rear-ended because drivers do not "see" you. Besides, it is done all over the world, only american cage drivers are opposed and crazy and aggressive enough to make it dangerous to split lanes, I do not know where they get this "holier than thou" attitude.
- —Guest juan
Calif Lane Splitting
- In Humboldt (Nor Cal) don't have traffic jams have never needed to split lanes, but when you hit city traffic, SF Bay, Central valley or So Cal...things change. Way too hot for air-cooled bikes to sit in traffic (thighs burn real quick) gas fumes will kill ya too. I rode with group to Sacramento & got kinda pissed when a Vestpa whizzed by us splitting lanes while we sat waiting in over 100 degrees & stopped traffic. Next time I'm in the heat like that I'm gonna cautiously split lanes. Actually I was quite suprised recently while driving a car in the Bay area how aware and accepting most 4 wheel vehicles are of motorcycles and lane splitting. It gives me some hope that these folks that choose to live in overcrowded cities with unending traffic may not be totally crazy... But then I think "No" they are crazy. I love living in the Redwoods - with No Traffic
- —Guest Mo from Humboldt
- It is tolerated in California under "specific" conditions. Under those same conditions I would vote to approve on highways that have "normal" lane widths. Some county roads have been narrowed to allow bicycle lanes, therefore not enough room.
- —Guest Harley521
- I have never been a proponent of lane splitting and have addressed this issue on this site before. It is way to dangerous for the individual on the motorcycle as well as the four wheelers and the incident you cite here is another example of what could go wrong. What if you had been closer to the car? You might be reading this laying in a hospital bed. If states want todo this then make a motorcycle lane much like some have bicycle lanes. I would think insurance rates would be higher as well with states that legalize lane splitting.
- I say make it illegal but don't make it a ticketable violation. Riders can do it, but they accept all liability if something goes wrong.
- —Guest Yarbles
- I'm from California where theres lots of traffic and lane splitting is legal. It is not dangerous if you are following the rule which is splitting at the speed of traffic + 10mph max. I'm really surprised other states don't allow it giving that they have less traffic than California. If everyone rode motorcycles splitting wouldn't have to be a concern! Instead cars would be talking about getting stuck in motorcycle traffic!
- —Guest Josh
I don't own a motorcycle
- Yes filtering should be legalized, it only makes sense to because 1) it's safer for both the rider and the car driver 2) it actually cuts down on traffic, think about it, if that motorcyclist was driving a car instead of filtering with a motorcycle, your stay in traffic will actually be longer. If motorcycles were only allowed to lane split when there's a traffic jam, I don't see what the problem would be to drivers. Overall traffic jam times would be lower if a substantial number of people were to use motorcycles. I guess it can get annoying if you're sitting in traffic while a motorcyclist uses the space in between you and another car to 'zip' right by you, but that's the perk of having a motorcycle. Just like with a car, you get A/C and you don't have to wear gear all the time. That's a perk.
- —Guest Unbiased
- Have you ever sat in traffic under a blazing direct sunlight, full riding gear for safety, no air conditioning, traffic at a standstill. If you haven't, because you are car bound, or because you live in a state where traffic jams are almost non existent...come to california and you'll understand the attitude. Car bound, to get a feeling of what we go through without air conditioning? Roll up the windows, turn on the heat in the summer time for 10 minutes. Now imagine that for an hour or more. Wouldn't you travel down that nice open lane between cars to get some air, cool Off the bike, and eat up some road while everyone else is sitting comphy in their car with the AC on? granted idiots going all out doing this should be cited for going too fast for Conditions and often are, some guys scare the Sh** out of me...but so do Drivers. Why the sudden hate against white liners? If your envious get a bike. For those of you throwing around statistics like truth, show me Who Created them.
- —Guest James H