This argument is about as contentious as what oil to use or whether or not WD-40 is good for your chain. There are some lame arguments for lane sharing on both sides. For those that say it's dangerous. You ride a motorcycle, it's dangerous. Lane sharing is no more dangerous than any other motorcycling activity. For those that say it reduces traffic congestion, I don't buy it. There aren't enough of us on the road for it to make a difference.
I'm glad we can "lane share", as it's officially referred to, here in California. It doesn't mean it's a good idea all the time. There are safer and less safe ways to do it. In California it's not illegal, which means you can get cited for lane sharing in an unsafe manner. There are general guidelines that have been put out there by the CHP, but ultimately it's up to the officer.
I support lane sharing being at least "not illegal" in 50 states and left up to the individual rider to decide on whether or not they want to do it. If you feel safe doing it, go for it. If you don't, don't.
I would also love to see more riders in CA lane share responsibly so as not to continue giving the rest of us bad reputations. I would also like to see more education for the cagers and overall better treatment towards us motorcyclists by many cagers around the country that decide to take the law into their own hands by opening doors and intentionally squeezing us out...
Now look, I got on my soap box again...exactly what I didn't want to do, but I can't seem to stay away from this topic.
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