Lane Splitting

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by MrBob, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Idle

    Idle Been here awhile

    Jun 16, 2011
    Northern California
    Split in the CA motorcycle lane between the #1 and #2 lanes only.
    Ride in a gear that allows you to accelerate quickly if the gap is closing.
    Cover the brake.
    Move around slightly while filtering in slowing traffic. People might see you.
    Watch for other bikes when leaving a lane to split.
    If you don't make it to the front stay where you are as traffic starts moving, then pull in to whichever lane isn't occupied.
    There's no need to pull in front of the car in the front of the line unless a bike is following you.
    Don't do it if you're not at 100%
    If a car moves over for you, give em a wave if it's safe to do so.
  2. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

    Sep 8, 2012
    New Hampshire
    Well, no. If you follow the guidelines the CHP generally spreads (not more than about 10mph faster than traffic, and traffic not more than 40mph, then it is safer to split lanes on the highway than to sit in line and risk getting sandwiched.

  3. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

    Jun 3, 2007
    North SF Bay, California
    More progress:

    "...the Motorcycle Handbook had been updated... The handbook now says, “Lane splitting should not be performed by inexperienced riders,” and gives several safety tips echoing the CHP guidelines but never acknowledging that the practice is legal.

    That’s not a rousing endorsement of the finding in some recent research by accident analyst James V. Ouellet concluding that it’s safer for a motorcyclist to split lanes on the freeway than not. Ouellet concedes that his research is not definitive, owing to the age and small size of his data, which were collected in the 1970s and consist of only 900 accidents.

    A more robust study is underway at UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research & Education Center. The CHP is working with Research Epidemiologist Tom Rice to document the circumstances of every motorcycle accident it investigates over a year. The data collection is almost done. Rice said he expects to have findings by summer or fall that may once and for all answer the question, “Is lane-splitting safe?”

    Meanwhile, anyone dropping into a DMV office for the next few months to pick up the official California Motorcycle Handbook will still get the old story. The 2013 version of the handbook with the new language is expected to be available in April.",0,7289833.story?track=rss