I'm of the opinion that lane splitting, if done safely and respectfully, is no more dangerous than not. I split lanes, when I feel comfortable doing so. Here in Cali, you can still get a ticket for lane splitting, if you are doing it in an unsafe manner (which can be up to the discretion of the officer). My rules of thumb are:
1. Only when traffic is moving at 30 MPH, or less.
2. No more than about 10MPH faster than the flow of traffic.
3. Not alongside a commercial truck (especially buses and semis).
4. Not when it's a tight fit.
I'm generally the slow guy when it comes to splitting lanes and I am often letting other bikes past. There are lots of folks who split lanes in a manner that seems unsafe to me (e.g., 80 mph, when traffic is moving at 65-70, or even at 30 mph when traffic is essentially stopped.)
I know it's not for everyone, and that's fine, but it sure does save time on the morning commute...
I wouldn't show the vid from the OP to someone who I was trying to convince that lanesplitting is good and safe...decent reasons, but not compelling presentation.
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Last edited by BaileyMan; 01-22-2013 at 09:49 AM.