With all this talk about filtering and lane splitting in the US...what would it take?

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  1. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    By that I mean, what would it take to make it legal, and more importantly, accepted? We all seem to know the biggest problem with it in the US is other drivers' perception of filtering/splitting to be "cutting in line" or skipping ahead.

    So what would it take? Adding elements to driver's ed? A massive PSA campaign? Why hasn't the AMA ever tackled this issue in force? Isn't the AMA supposed to speak for motorcyclists? I'd join if they were making a bold effort to allow lane splitting everywhere. A lot of people complaining about it -- but is anyone actively trying to change it?
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  2. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    It iz legal now in the golden (shower) state! :clap http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/lanesplitguide.html
    Sum peeps over on BARF worked together with the pig gubment to come up with sum guidelines 'n shit.
    The rest of y'all in them other states should do the same. (1st bone up on the Hurt report.)
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  4. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    You need a trial in one area to pilot it. Fight to only get the accident stats considered after at the earliest, the first year. IE once car drivers are used to it and once the motorcyclists themselves have started to learn where the limits are in this particular aspect of motorcycling. If it's only a month's trial, you'll get a massive spike in accidents, the car drivers will bitch about how bikes are coming out of nowhere and flying by at 100mph and the naysayers will smugly gloat, "this is why it's banned, you're playing with people's lives here, repeal this lunacy".

    Motorcyclists need to start doing it regularly, in large numbers; the single biggest thing to train car drivers to it (which is the main thing) is to get used "being filtered past". No one is going to flash their lights or get into a fight at the lights when 100 motorcyclists come past them on their commute. If it's just one lone rider, the psychos will take umbrage at your refusal to waste your life sat in traffic, irrespective of what the law may say on the matter.

    The police need to loosen up about what they prosecute you for. By all means keep the traffic laws (other than filtering itself) the same, but turn a blind eye to things like bikes riding over 'no passing' lines in order to filter more safely, provided they are doing so in a way that doesn't harm anyone else.

    If enough people start filtering, the journey times come down. Motorcycling as a serious form of transport, as opposed to a recreation, gains recognition. More people commute by bike, rather than just ride at the weekend and accordingly, the average standard of riders' abilities increase. Congestion is eased, not only for those filtering, but for the cagers who are now sharing the road with few cars and parking is no longer quite such a ball-ache, as several bikes can park in one bay. It will also get new blood into motorcycling; plenty of people learn to ride for purely practical reasons of cheap and fast commuting in big cities in Europe, only to find they get bitten by the biking bug and start riding for fun. The 'serious' use of bikes mean that the public perception of us as thrill seeking maniacs and Hell's Angels declines, which benefits us all. Even the thrill seeking maniacs and Hell's Angels. :wink:
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  5. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    It would take one or more legislators in each state to actually give a hoot about what motorcyclists want/need, and sponsor a bill, and then back it through committee, full legislature, etc.

    For them, it does not serve enough of their constituents to even bother.
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  6. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Oh yes..... We need one more thing for non-motorcyclists to hate our guts for! I can see it now in Michigan..... Cell ph cameras a flashing while this biker thinks he/she has the right to pass 100 patient cagers waiting in line. Most of us are smarter than that.... we just take another road that is parallel to the jammed up one:deal. We also have the "let me throw my door open, and step out to see what is wrong" syndrome here.KA-BAM............
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  7. DAKEZ

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    With almost 10% of riders on this very forum stating in a poll that they are against it... I am afraid the unity just is not there to ever make this a reality.

    I will simply continue to do is as needed for safety and when there is stopped traffic. I don't need it to be legal. It is the right thing to do and that is enough for me. :D
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  8. Gummee!

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    One of the cities in AUS just legalized sharing. (I forget which one) We need studies from their experiences to show its not a dangerous thing to do. If we're lucky, it'll show that its actually better for traffic in a few ways.

    AFA getting sharing accepted: massive PR campaign from ABATE and the AMA as well as a concerted effort from local groups pestering their representatives in the state govt.

    IOW I don't see it happening any time soon because both the AMA and ABATE are both too concerned with anti-helmet laws and could care less about using MCs as transportation.

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  9. atomicalex

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    This frustrates me to no end.

    However, when I get back full-time, I do plan to make a go of it in MI. Go to the state house and all to present the case. Use the CA info, Hurt report, the assorted euro studies, and when the people ask me if it's safe, I'll cut them off with the helmet law nonsense. I'll even thow in attracting MC tourists who want to try it out and see how great it is.
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  10. randyo

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    legislation in 49 different states
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  11. DAKEZ

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    ^^^ This ^^^

    WA & OR are at least looking into it. :D
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  12. RxZ

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    Texas has tried the past three legislative sessions and none of those bills made it to a full vote. Last time it made it through the House, but died in Senate Committee. This sessions that started last week, unfortunately I do not think any of the Representatives have submitted a bill. If that is the case then it will be at least 2 more years before another chance arises. (Texas legislature meets only every other year.)

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  13. JDK111

    JDK111 Been here awhile

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    I don't know about where you are, but that 'throw open my door' deal gets you a hefty ticket, 100% 'at fault' in an insurance claim and the wrong end of a lawsuit if there's an injury here.:lol3
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  14. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    The USA doesn't have enough motorcyclists. Even in California we are in the extreme minority, I bet there are more licensed roach coaches than motorcycles here.

    22 million cars and 800,000 motorcycles, I can't imagine the stats for other states. Until there are 50 motorcycles at every intersection forcing the issue it's not going to happen for the rest of you.
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  15. Kent Glasscock

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    Agree with pretty much everything already posted. Only thing I can think of is a well recognized state Senator who is a big motorcycle enthusiast and recognizes the benefits of filtering puts it forth. They may have the push to put something across in their state. One can only hope.
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  16. cliffy109

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    I still think the best way to start this is to allow 2 wheel bikes into the hard shoulder with a 35 MPH limit and signs every mile reinforcing that it is legal. With a low limit like that, there would be no incentive to do it unless traffic was really slow and with all the crap that can accumulate in the shoulder, that's probably as fast as it makes sense to go anyway. This would get cagers used to the idea of bikes getting ahead without slowing them down. From there, we can make the lane sharing proposal a lot easier and with more of the public used to the idea.
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  17. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    You know the shoulder is covered in nails and debris, right?
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  18. Yossarian™

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    Yeah, but I'd take the legal right to use it as a start.
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  19. DAKEZ

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    Filtering to the front at controlled intersections is the place to start. IMO

    Let other road users get used to that then start opening it up a bit.
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  20. vaara

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    I wonder if ABATE could be persuaded to take up this issue and drop its jihad against helmet laws and noise ordinances. :|

    IMHO, states that allow helmetless riding but forbid lane-sharing have it exactly backwards.

    (YMMV, FNG, etc. etc. etc. yeah I know.)
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