In the states around me, the law says no lane sharing. Which also means no motorcycles side by side. If you are truly splitting lanes, you are lane sharing. If you are weaving from lane to lane because the cars are staggered, then you are reckless driving. When I was riding in Orlando back in the 80s I would filter to the front at a light once everyone was stopped. But back then drivers didn't have as many distractions as they have today.There's a push to "legalize" lane-splitting in various states, but it's already lawful in any state where it's not explicitly unlawful by statute. However, even where not unlawful, a rider is still at the mercy of any individual LEO's personal interpretation of what constitutes "reckless driving" or similar vague, catch-all statutes that all states have in their motor vehicle codes. So even though it seems un-necessary and a waste of time on one hand, on the other hand I'm all for making lane-splitting explicitly lawful. I commute regularly and have only done it a handful of times; around here, you're likely to get clothes-lined or something thrown at you by jealous dickheads.
If I lived where filtering was a requirement to get anywhere I probably wouldn't ride until I could find a job where I could ride without having to worry about filtering. Oh wait, I already did that! I also work odd hours so I am never in traffic.I probably wouldn't even ride, if filtering was illegal. Or ride only rural routes, for recreation.
The "Typical" video posted, above, is quite a bit slower than how most do it.
Lane sharing is any two vehicles sharing a lane. That means motorcycle/motorcycle, car/motorcycle, motorcycle/tractor, car/bicycle, etc. Yes, you have to move to the other lane when passing a bicycle traveling the same direction if they are in the roadway. Some states have modified the bicycle law to state x number of feet from the bicycle."Lane Sharing" by definition is two motorcycles sharing the same lane (legal in most states). Lane splitting is dangerous in my opinion. Make it legal if you want but I sure wouldn't do it.
Have you ever seen those trucks wander around in their lane? Doubles or triples and looking like a snake. Not to mention the women putting on make-up or the yahoo working on his laptop?
I'm not slamming any one who does it..........I've sat in as much traffic as anyone while driving a truck for 22 years in and around Seattle. I'll just wait since I'm not in a hurry to die.
That's why I gotta say thanks, ...but no thanks.<snip>
There would have to be a massive campaign to educate car drivers because the entitlement attitude and passive aggressive driving is so prevalent on the roads across America.
Yep. I suspect CA's moto accident statistics would worsen, if splitting was outlawed. Also, most motorists here are aware of its legality.As all the CA riders can attest to, splitting is a risky but 'safe' practice if you're careful - but unless you've done it and gotten comfortable with it, it can seem somewhat suicidal.
I heard about this middle of last year and read up on it. A law regarding lane splitting in CA went into effect Jan 1 2017:California Department of Motor Vehicles: “California law does not allow or prohibit motorcycles from passing other vehicles proceeding in the same direction within the same lane.”
I heard about this middle of last year and read up on it. A law regarding lane splitting in CA went into effect Jan 1 2017:
Motorcycle lane-splitting gets green light in California, but rules still unclear - The Orange County Register
I've been riding 20 years without incident but definitely took my time before starting to split lanes. There are so many little things you have to be paying attention to all at the same time but also some tricks you learn. E.g. (1) think twice before passing a vehicle in the lane to your right when there's a nice, inviting open space in the lane to your left just begging to be filled by a moron who thinks the best use of a turn signal is to hang a trash bag off of it. (2) Versys riding position is great for peering into driver side windows to see if stupidity is ensuing. (3) Not sure if others do the same, but I also like to watch wheels - the gap between a tire and a lane marker or to see if they start rolling at an intersection when I have the right of way.
What else? (4) The greater the differential between your speed and the cars around you, the less time you have to react when stupidity ensues. Also, (5) I don't care for "filtering" to the front of a stoplight in between lanes unless I'm darn sure I can get to a complete stop before the light turns green. That way cars on either side have a chance to see me, get pissy, and fail to beat me off the line when the light changes.
Ride safely mi amigos....
Pretty sure a lot of it has to do with a much lower concentration of riders in US vs. Europe so we're quite uptight about it here. I imagine some places in EU you may never get where you're going without splitting/filtering. (Also pretty sure they call it 'filtering' in EU because in a lot of places no one really pays any attention to LANES - there's nothing BUT lane splitting going on all around!) My wife and I remember getting momentarily stuck on a 4-lane roundabout in Florence, Italy on our rented scooters. I think we went around about 3-4 times. Good times...Really surprised to discover that lane splitting (called "filtering" in the uk) is illegal in most states! Nobody would buy a bike in the UK if we were unable to filter! Most car drivers accept that the plus side of riding a bike is "filtering" whilst the down side is getting wet in the rain. It always rains.