Should Lane Splitting be legal in all 50 States

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jul 9, 2008.

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Should Lane Splitting be legal in all 50 States?

  1. YES it should be made legal

  2. YES but ONLY on the Hwy

  3. YES but only for filtering at controlled intersections

  4. NO It is dangerous and should not be made legal

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  1. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    :lol3 You do know that this will never happen/? The States would never agree as to how or if it should be done. I was just dreaming a little and wanted to see what the rest of you thought about it. Thanks, Be safe and RIDE RIDE RIDE
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  2. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    all good points... but ya' kind of overshot that last comment...:evil

    Yes - let the rider decide; but do so responsibly.
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  3. Mudcat

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    What happens to you in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Oregon</st1:place></st1:State> if your caught lane splitting?
    I remember having an argument with some cops form <st1:State><st1:place>Texas</st1:place></st1:State> on the subject. They were talking about impoundment and arrest for violators.
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  4. DAKEZ

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    :dunno I don't know as I have never been caught.:D I should state that I have only split lanes at controlled intersections (stopped traffic) to move forward and join another bike. Nobody seamed to mind this as they thought we were riding together. I have never had the need to split lanes here. I just do not find myself getting stuck in traffic that is too heavy. I do like all the posts that have come through. Keep 'em coming.:thumb
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  5. Mudcat

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    In <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Texas</st1:place></st1:State> you would be arrested for that. :eek1
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    I don’t lane split often, only in heavy traffic jams. Around town it would be very unusual for me to move ahead at a stop light. Sure glade I can do it semi legally though.
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  6. nvdlboy

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    I think that reason should prevail; as long as someone's splitting responsibly, then it shouldn't be a problem. The only time recently that it would've helped me was heading along the 101 into San Fran, but given my panniers and camping gear, I wasn't about to try slipping between those stopped/slowly moving cars.
    Around here, I mostly get ticked by the folks who like to race through the tunnel on the shoulder (too much crap there) and then like to try to avoid the traffic merging from the right - they get pissed at the merging traffic, but the shoulder riders are breaking the traffic laws! Those guys will lose out when they use the shoulder as a third lane - tunnel was built to be expanded later.
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  7. mtndragon

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    +100
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  8. longrider999

    longrider999 Long timer

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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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  9. dwoodward

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    I've had that thought too. Give us six feet on the inside of the innermost lane that cars can't use anyway.
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  10. whiteknucklemc

    whiteknucklemc Been here awhile

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    Yes yes:bmwrider
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  11. Yuma

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    +1, I agree whole heartily..
    Plus in states like Arizona & Nevada it would help in the heat...:1drink


    Yuma,
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  12. DAKEZ

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    I am in Montana at the moment and can say:
    No lane splitting needed here:clap
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  13. bongodave

    bongodave Intellectual

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    I've been riding here in Cali for about 6 months, now. It's no biggie, and keeps the bike from overheating.

    Don't know why it isn't legal everywhere. Way safer than waiting to get rear-ended in the stop-and-go.
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  14. Poveiro

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    I didn't voted because I don't live in any of the 50 states:1drink but completly agree with the quote above.
    In here very rarely I do it as some cagers just do on purpose to block you making it dangerous and I mean just going slowly by them very carefull you can see there exprections.
    Lot more of education is needed.
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  15. old wanderer

    old wanderer Old quick guy

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    I have been lane splitting since 1957 when I bought my 1st bike. It has come as no little shock to me the local attitude of the drivers here in WA where I just moved this year.

    1. Seems like everybody takes a perverse pleasure in moving into the fast lane and driving EXACLTY the posted speed limit. (Not my custom).

    2. There seems to be a real socialistic attitude. Does not matter if you have a VW Van or a Ferrari, they think we should all move peacefully as a herd.

    Friday night I was comming home from work. I turned off the highway behind a tool truck and some sports car. I moved to the left lane, opened the throttle on my Aprilia, and shot by both of them before they could merge to the left. I was stopped for the red light, and the guy in the sports car pulled up right next to my right leg....yelling "You are really a jerk"

    My reply was..."Don't ya just love it" :wink:

    Lane splitting for any performance based bike is by far the safest way to ride.
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  16. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    He'd shit himself in parts of Europe. Drivers allow lane splitting on two lane roads, provided there is room. The drivers will open up for the overtaking vehicle. Legal? I don't know, but sure is courteous as heck! One friend in the military told me they do it for cars or bikes. A few others did the Alps tour on BMWs and said the same - the European drivers realize some drivers will go faster, at legal speeds or not legal speeds, and will allow those faster drivers the right-of-way needed to allow them past. That was especially true with bikes on the tighter roadways.

    There was even a video out on the web, I think it was posted here, of a supermoto rider who was blasting around the roads (clearly some European country), wheelying past cars, left of center... never a horn honked at the idiot. He even split the two lane road - on the back wheel, with the oncoming vehicle giving room.

    Imagine that happening in this country... drivers think they're entitled to screw everyone but them. There is so little courtesy it stinks.
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  17. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    You mean there are actually lanes in Montana? :huh
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  18. docjsh

    docjsh Seoul Rider

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    In Seoul, a metropolitan area of more than 20 million and with millions of cars on the road, lane splitting is the norm in all conditions. Most intersections will have between 2 and 10 bikes or scooters at the front of the traffic and it is normal to pass cars into on-coming lanes (when no cars are coming) or against the curb at the side of roads. My biggest worry is always the threat of punctures by riding along the curb to get by traffic (I've had 6 flats in the last year).

    I've never ridden at home in the states other than doing a MSC last winter and I worry that if/when I return that I will be too impatient to ride there. The temptation may be too much for me to split lanes and I'm certain that the cops of Colorado would not be happy with me if I did.
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  19. bongodave

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    Yeah, I get that sometimes here, where it's legal! I've had instances where people will get closer to my line just to make it too narrow for me to go on by. I ride an XR650R; narrow, but the bars are wide. It clears cars, but SUVs can slow me down.
    I remember one lady in particular, just glaring at me in her rearview and doing all she could to make me sit behind her on a city street.
    I finally got around her, and gave her the ADV salute. Normally, I don't let it bug me, but she was SO nasty!

    In all fairness, I've had other people who saw me coming and moved over.

    I think that with gas prices being what they are, more people will be riding bikes and scooters, whether they have experience or not. We have to let people know they should "drive friendly," like they do in Texas!

    Letting a bike go by won't slow a cager down. Not letting it by can hurt somebody.
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  20. bongodave

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    I've posted about this before, but I heard about a friend of a friend who hit a mirror with his right bar. It locked up the front and he ate it.

    Barkbusters, people! Better to pay for a mirror than pay for a mirror AND whatever other damage you've done to your own hide or bike.

    I have plastic ones. My next farkle will be an upgrade to some sturdier aluminum framed model.
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