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Old 01-10-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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Agree. As long as we the rider don't abuse it, and practice it safely
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splitting lanes is ok if the society accepts it, in the US its not accepted except california and sometimes there are people who are not from california(but are in california) who try to teach lane splitters a lesson and it can cause accidents, not fun at all.. its all about culture of the people
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what i like about the country im in now (israel) if there is traffic motorcycles are allowed to go on the emergency lanes
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:26 AM   #6
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I disagree. They offered no arguments as to why lane splitting is safe. They only talked about the conveniences of lane splitting. Convenience =/= safety. I can't count the number of times drivers tried to merge into my lane while I was beside them either because they didn't look or they didn't register the motorcycle as a road vehicle in their head. Why would I want to sandwich myself between two of these idiots and not give myself any room to maneuver? Add to that the inevitable road rage that some people will experience during rush hour if they see motorcyclists just driving through while they have to sit there and wait and you get one dangerous individual behind the wheel of a big-ass ram. I don't know, maybe the mentality is different in other countries, but I would not want to lane split with the kind of drivers we have around here.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:08 AM   #7
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Agree Roman, i have done it; but very rarely. Once when it was a million degrees outside and once when i saw heavy rain approaching, and when i did do it i was very cautious and went farily slow also had a finger ready on the lever etc. Plus i dont think its "legal" anywhere in Canada
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I split all the time in the UK, I'd never get anywhere if I didn't. but got to keep those eyes peeled, people don't look anywhere except 2 feet in front of their own car.

the law on it is very grey here, it's not illegal but frowned upon & if some decides to open a door on me & I hit that door, I'd get the blame for the crash. so caution is the name of the game
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I believe its only safe/necessary to lane split in stop/go heavy traffic and to position yourself better at a stop light. For a rider that's well aware and rides defensively...even lane splitting then isn't necessary. Just watch your 6, leave an escape route/cushion, leave it in gear.

Its a dangerous "convenience" factor for anything at speed or for light flowing traffic. For the well aware, overly defensive riders; lane splitting is doable but again, just a convenience factor. My .03 cents.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:01 PM   #10
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Nothing wrong with filtering thru a stopped traffic as long as its legal where you're from. Now splitting lanes on a freeway could get real dangerous. Especially if local traffic isn't used to lane splitting.


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I thinks it's great , when there's is complete stop traffic. .
Motorcycles should proceed no more than 10mph, and proceed to the front.
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safe or not i will do it cause i dont like sitting in traffic. mostly on a motorcycle.
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Thanks for the link, I've just spent the last hour watching a few of their videos on youtube.. very interesting.

I also agree that lane splitting (filtering in the UK) is not safe, but everyone here does it as that's what we're taught. It's not illegal here.

I split but I'm overly cautious when doing it.. you have to be super alert IMO.
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I don't split lanes here in Germany because I mainly don't trust the German drivers. I don't trust any other driver for that matter. I weave between lanes to pass if I must, and will filter to the front of a queue if the traffic has stopped.


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Only people in states where splitting/filtering isn't legal think it's so dangerous.


If you could legally do it, you would, and you would understand why it's good.
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Only people in states where splitting/filtering isn't legal think it's so dangerous.


If you could legally do it, you would, and you would understand why it's good.

I think this is true. I have never really lane splitted , so I have no say in it if it was safe or not. But from my judge, as long as its properly done safely . And within the rider's skill level
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Why lane spitting is safe.

Thank you for posting. If lane splitting wasnt allowed here in Los Angeles commuting on a bike wouldn't be fun and ill have super buff forearms. Bump for awareness!


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I think lane splitting is safe to a point, but you really dont need to do it on the freeway unless its slow traffic (30MPH or less). I do it when I'm at a stop light to get in front or I think the person in front of me isn't a good driver (to get away from them). Thats my .02 cents on it.
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I think lane splitting is safe to a point, but you really dont need to do it on the freeway unless its slow traffic (30MPH or less). I do it when I'm at a stop light to get in front or I think the person in front of me isn't a good driver (to get away from them). Thats my .02 cents on it.
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When I lived in Cali I split to the front of the line at red lights every time. The only time I did it on the freeway was when traffic was heavy and very slow.

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Splitting at speed is great fun....but not really required and a bit dangerous imho so I tend not to do it unless I'm feeling a bit more excitable (read a bit more reckless with my personal safety)

Splitting slow or backed up traffic is very safe, just take it slow, pay a lot of attention, flash lights, blip, make yourself seen. I'd HATE for it to be illegal here to split, it's one of the greatest feelings during a daily commute getting to the front of that mile long queue in just a few minutes.
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Yeah, I lane split every time I ride. There is ALWAYS traffic, and most people are cool about it and will give you room. I get to work in 25 to 30 minutes on the bike vs 45mins in the car. I've even split past CHP, and they always move over and give me room. Just gotta be safe about it and always watch the front wheels to turn towards your direction
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I really only split at freeway speeds if the gap is the size of the grand canyon. Some freeways will have a white line between the double yellow about a foot or two wide that make splitting perfect. I don't particularly like rolling over the reflectors on the ground to split.
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Here in Canada is not allowed neither, but I agree that line split is mostly safety and convenient for most of the users!
Mostly in an emergency stop, when you don't want the car on your back to crash you against the one in front of you. (and this happens often!)
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An fine example of unsafe lane splitting lol....nice bike though :D and to be fair he didn't stack it, but at 3x the speed limit, I doubt the cars even knew he was there until he was 100m past them :P



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Is California the only state that allows lane splitting currently?
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They need it in Cali the way drivers slam on their brakes at 60 when traffic far ahead of them is slowing. I'm amazed everytime I go to SoCal with how horrible freeway drivers are. We have every bit as congested of traffic in chicago and about a tenth of the emergency braking here.
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