CHP publishes lane splitting rules

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  1. Gluaisrothaí

    Gluaisrothaí Feckin' gobshite

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  2. cliffy109

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    Hey, that's pretty good. I love that splitting is embraced by the law enforcement community in CA. There isn't much I like about that state (even though I was born and raised there) so this is a refreshing thing to see. This is probably the only thing I would like to see come from CA to the rest of the nation.
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  3. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Not rules, nor regulations - just guidelines. The law has not changed.
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  4. PhilB

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    Exactly. There isn't a whole lot I miss about CA, but that's definitely one item.

    The guidelines themselves are not new; the CHP has been a supporter of lanesplitting for decades, and these are the exact same guidelines they have been informally using and saying for years. What's new is writing them down in a more formal fashion. I hope they remain guidelines and they don't become hard law.

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  5. randyo

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    yup, I've seen this posted on several forums, yet, I see nothing that has changed, lane splitting has not been made legal, its still not "illegal" as t here is NOTHING in California law or rule

    the guidelines are however evidence of how a "reasonable person" would interpret the non law and if you follow them, it would be hard to convict someone of violation of the non law
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  6. monkeythumpa

    monkeythumpa When I go slow, I go fast

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    You are still going to get written up for unsafe speed, unsafe lane change, or straddling the lane if the CHP deems you a hazard.
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  7. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    Stop teasing those of us in the other 49.

    On the other hand, lanesplitting won't entice me to come back to California any time soon.
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  8. total_n00b

    total_n00b Bits. Bytes. Bikes.

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  9. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Sharing lanes is one of the many things I love about living in California, to each there own. Nice to know what CHP deems appropriate. Oh yeah, 60 degrees, nice mix of dirt and pavement on my exc, all week. Another thing i love about California. :D
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  10. randyo

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    I have no real use for lane splitting, I rarely ride where there's traffic to split with

    on the other hand, I do like passing on double yellows

    why can't that be legal everywhere like it is in Vermont
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    Lanesplitting threads, the new oil threads.:evil
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  12. ghostryder

    ghostryder made it

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    Now if they could just get this nationally.....but that is another thread
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  13. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Not to mention, there's less oil in the motorcycle lane. :D
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  14. AdventurePoser

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    As I type, 72f here in sunny So Cal. Being able to share lanes in a safe manner is just the icing on the cake!

    As long as you are responsible and safe, you'll most likely not have a problem splitting, though some motorists don't tolerate it very well. Be careful out there.
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  15. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Which is probably why they left it as a "grey" zone. To cover the idiots that may be a hazard, changing lanes unsafely. It is better for the general public including the riders who ride reasonably, to define some generalization of doing something that isn't illegal than to try to weave it into a legal definition. It must be better to not try to define the specifics of trying to make it a legal action. Simply leaving the "can not share lanes with another vehicle" off the books is better.

    Face it, there are many things in driving that are not written into being legal, but can be written up if dangerous. Left of center is one. In Ohio it is not illegal to be left of center, but it can be written up if dangerous. (My father, a traffic control engineer pointed that out once.) I'm betting there are numerous situations like that.
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  16. Snowbird

    Snowbird Been here awhile

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    I think passing on the DY is legal in Pennsylvania too.

    IMO, it ought to be legal-- with care-- everywhere. I figure I've probably passed on the DY 30k times, but only on a bike. Never a problem and only one ticket 40+ years ago.

    I almost never pass on the DY in a car. Cars take a lot more room to execute a pass than does a bike. For another thing, bikes are narrow and therefore have a built-in safety factor for this pass.
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  17. Ronin ADV

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    You be quiet.

    There is absolutely no good riding here.
    Everybody who hates California is right and should stay where they are.
    The roads here all suck. And there is no good off road riding either.

    Oh, and lane splitting is dangerous and should be banned.
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    Bumped.
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