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

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by LuciferMutt, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    See?! Now was that so hard to admit?

    :augie

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    AFA the question involved: MCs are addressed differently in the laws. That's about the only thing I've got for that.

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  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'm pretty well convinced that its a matter of 'holyhellfireshit! WTF was that?!' more than it is a safety issue when a MC shares lanes here in the DC area.

    Least in the people paying attention.

    I'm also convinced that if more people did it (see Houston for an example) that the cagers wouldn't react nearly as erratically. FWI've heard/seen here, Houston MC riders are taking it upon themselves to share lanes in rush hour traffic. I haven't heard of many issues resutling from that. :dunno

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  3. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    And if you're really unlucky, he'll be wearing gloves with metal knuckle protectors. Then the guy next to him will take over for smashing the side of his car with the door when the bike ran into it.
  4. cab591

    cab591 Been here awhile

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    Not sure if I already posted here, but here's the situation in Arizona:

    After that specific accident, the state researched the safety factors of lane sharing. A proposal was drawn up, to allow a 1 year "trial" period in Maricopa County (the greater Phoenix area). The proposal passed through the house and the senate with flying colors. Just before it was to go into effect, the governor (Jan Brewer) shot it down, ignoring all the statistics, saying that it "looks dangerous".

    Highway patrol and local police fully understand that it's a load of crap, and that motorcyclists stuck in traffic (especially mid-Summer) run a high risk of overheating. So, while it's still illegal, it's somewhat accepted. If you're doing it in an unsafe manner, you'll get stopped. You'll also get stopped if doing it through traffic that's moving. Motorcycles also get HOV lane privileges, which helps keep riders (and bikes) cool.
  5. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    Thanks for the update. It looks like many more lives should be lost before anything will be done.