Motorcycle “Lane-Splitting” Discussion

Lane-splitting” by motorcyclists remains a controversial topic, with some believing it has beneficial aspects, while others – especially motorists – believing that it is dangerous.  Those who believe it is dangerous often cite that lane-splitting is often unexpected, and a lane change or other movement by a car or vehicle in front of a lane-splitting motorcyclist can lead to a collision.

In the March 7-8, 2015 Wall Street Journal article titled “Motorcyclists See More Roads Opening Up,” lane-splitting by motorcyclists is discussed, particularly with regard as to whether the practice should be legally allowed.  Currently, the only state that legally allows lane-splitting is California.

An excerpt from the article:

No one has tracked exactly how many highway accidents are caused by lane-splitting. But last year, a study from the California Office of Traffic Safety found that motorcyclists’ injuries were kept down as long as they split lanes in slowly moving traffic and exceeded the speed of other traffic by less than 10 miles an hour.
“Lane splitting, when done in a safe and prudent manner, is no more dangerous than regular motorcycling,” said Chris Cochran, a spokesman for the state traffic-safety office.
Additional details can be seen in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.


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