Originally Posted by Yossarian™
But as a whole, drivers in the U.S. are lacking in attention and ability.
A majority of them feel they are "better than average" drivers, which is statistically impossible.
It should take more than the ability to fog a mirror to obtain a driver's license. Until training and licensing requirements get more stringent -- and they won't -- lane splitting will remain a very risky exercise.
As bad as the driving around the DC area is, I'm amazed that traffic moves at all, much less how few accidents there really are.
Cluelessness actually works FOR us instead of the reverse. IOW its easier to share lanes if people don't know we're coming 'cause they don't do anything stupid. We're there and gone before it registers that there's a MC around.
Having said that, its up to YOU (the MC rider) to be aware of the danger and ride as defensively as riding assertively will allow. After a little bit, you get to where you see signs of impending movement and back off (or get thru the danger area faster!).