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View Results: Should Lane Splitting be legal in all 50 States?
YES it should be made legal 1,492 76.87%
YES but ONLY on the Hwy 93 4.79%
YES but only for filtering at controlled intersections 219 11.28%
NO It is dangerous and should not be made legal 185 9.53%
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:58 AM   #1
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Should Lane Splitting be legal in all 50 States

It gets bantered about and debated in many threads. I was wondering what the ADV-riders feel about it.

Yes it should it be legal.
Yes But ONLY on the Hwy
Yes Only at controlled intersections
No It is reckless and should not be made legal.

What do you think?
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:10 PM   #2
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Yes all the way. I hate sitting in traffic after work.

While were at it, legalize (decriminalize, at least) that other thing that gets bantered about quite often.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:13 PM   #3
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
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It's stupid to ask bikes to operate like cars. That's when they become invisible. Allow bikes to take advantage of their greatest assets: Small size and very maneuverable.

Thank God I live where this is not an issue.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:34 PM   #5
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I've ridden where it is legal and split where it is illegal.

From my perspective, there are very few downsides to lane splitting. California, where it is not illegal (subtle difference), it reduces congestion a small amount, and allows people on motorcycles to make progress when cagers can't. According to CHP, splitting accidents comprise a very, very small percentage of all accidents.

Of course, California has some of the better freeways out there with both wide lanes and plenty of HOV lanes, making the whole thing easier. T'would be a different story in states where there freeways tend to be more narrow in and around cities.

I'm currently in the Philadelphia area and the very thought of splitting somewhere like I-76 when things are congested would be terrifying.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:50 PM   #6
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I cant think of any rider that actually wants to sit in traffic.... well, other than the Harley riders around here in LA - they love sitting in traffic for some reason.

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Old 07-09-2008, 01:23 PM   #7
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According to CHP, splitting accidents comprise a very, very small percentage of all accidents.
Exactly my point. TONS more accidents are caused by cagers with unsecured loads and riders going too fast on curves. The dangers of lanesplitting are completely nullified by the benefits.
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:15 PM   #8
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It's stupid to ask bikes to operate like cars. That's when they become invisible. Allow bikes to take advantage of their greatest assets: Small size and very maneuverable.

Thank God I live where this is not an issue.
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:22 PM   #9
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DAKEZ,i think we otta have our own lane.2 wheelers only.let us split lanes with each other.the 4 wheelers can go play with themselves.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:40 PM   #10
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It's stupid to ask bikes to operate like cars. That's when they become invisible. Allow bikes to take advantage of their greatest assets: Small size and very maneuverable.
Except for the garbage barge BMW's....
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:52 AM   #11
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Couple of thoughts. First, I think the biggest opposition to lane splitting in America, whatever people may say about safety, is a combination of jealousy (ie., "I can't do it so why should he!?!") and particularly ignorance. I remember when I lived overseas how I was first exposed to lane splitting. I was driving on a busy city road in Johannesburg. At a stoplight a motorcyclist lane-split by me and it pissed off the ugly-American in me ("How rude!!!"). It didn't take but a day or two to realize that it was customary, perfectly legal, and safe. But try to convince most Americans of that and they will insist otherwise because they just don't know any better.

Lots of comments about it being illegal in America, and a couple of comments about Texas. There is no law in Texas that specifically forbids lane-splitting. Rather, the law simply does not address it. If you lane-split in Texas and get a citation it will not be for lane-splitting. It'll be for some catch-all offense like "unsafe driving." It depends on the officer. If the officer is a motorcyclist then you probably won't get pulled over, or if you do, you'll only get a warning to be safe. I've heard of people going to court over lane-splitting, and if you get a judge who is a motorcyclist you stand a decent chance of being found not guilty. It again goes to American ignorance. While you do risk a citation for lane-splitting in Texas (and most places in the USA), its not because its specifically outlawed. Its because the American culture, including law enforcement, doesn't know any better.





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Yes all the way. I hate sitting in traffic after work.

While were at it, legalize (decriminalize, at least) that other thing that gets bantered about quite often.
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Yes all the way. I hate sitting in traffic after work.

While were at it, legalize (decriminalize, at least) that other thing that gets bantered about quite often.
There's just something about a million lane splitting stoners that worries me....
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66 of 275 Wat gives?

275 views 66 poll hits??????? What are you all afraid of?
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:18 PM   #14
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275 views 66 poll hits??????? What are you all afraid of?
I didn't like the choices...
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:13 PM   #15
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I didn't like the choices...
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Its not something that could ever be 50 state legal everywhere all the time.

the first problem to address is the entire system of licensing, making drivers more educated and qualified. this includes rider education. and tv commercials about watching for cycles and such.
then you gotta consider where its a good place and where its not, which roads, which intersections, etc. and you'd have to make a sign system to inform people where splitting is allowed and where its not. then, maybe, it could work.

but yea, while we're dreaming, lets decriminalize the weed too. im down.
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