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post #41 of 46 Old 08-04-2019, 02:04 AM
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Originally Posted by buellrob View Post
Recently moved to Ballard WA from Oakland CA, after 7 years of lane splitting. From comparison to previous riding in Ohio, lane splitting is without a question how it should be everywhere; filtering permitting at minimum.

Since riding again in urban roads, not having the ability to split is ludacris. Trying to get a ballot initiative here in Seattle...

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post #42 of 46 Old 08-05-2019, 03:20 AM
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Lane splitting or as we call it here, filtering, is perfectly legal here in the UK. It is also absolutely fine in a lot of european countries.
I personally find it incredulous that it is not allowed in some countries. I don't own a motorcycle to sit in traffic and be at risk of getting rear ended by some inattentive car driver. In fact a lot of riders here own one with the sole use of cutting through the ever increasing rush hour traffic jams, in order to get to and from work and home a bit quicker than is possible on four wheels.

When done correctly and at no more than 15-20 mph faster than the other traffic using the road, it is perfectly safe.
By correctly I mean by riding defensively. As you should be doing at all times on the roads anyway.
Riding defensively does not prevent us from riding progressively. It is all about spotting potential issues ahead and dealing with them before they become a problem.
Filtering through is simply a much safer and progressive place for us to be located in the the traffic stream.

Most car, van and truck drivers here will move over and give us motorcyclists a little more room to filter through when the traffic is stationary or slow moving. That is if they see us in their mirrors. Usually the main reason they don't see us, is that they don't check their mirrors often enough, hence a loud exhaust or a little blip of the throttle to let them know we are there and coming through is not usually a big issue.

My view is, filtering on motorcycles should be absolutely legal everywhere in the world. Hope you can get this law passed.

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post #43 of 46 Old 08-06-2019, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by notacop View Post
The American reaction to lane sharing is a curious thing. Why 4 wheeled motorists would want to control what a 2 wheeled motorist does is just that, a control thing. If I can't move, why should anyone else?
Polite motoring, life would be so much nicer if people would just drive carefully and give way.
Yeah, strange mindset up here. I just did a thousand-mile trip through Oregon/Idaho, and it was crazy how many times we'd be following a vehicle for 5 or 10 minutes at 50 mph, then the road opens up and they'd accelerate to 80+ mph when we tried to pass. But we also had a couple drivers slow and pull over to make sure we could pass, which was nice.

As far as lane splitting, my policy is to take a car if I'm going anyplace that has enough traffic to warrant it. But back when I lived in a city, I did it all the time, saves a lot of time.
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post #44 of 46 Old 08-06-2019, 07:14 PM
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"we'd be following a vehicle for 5 or 10 minutes at 50 mph, then the road opens up and they'd accelerate to 80+ mph when we tried to pass."

Traffic turds with big P-up trucks with duellys and trailers. POS in the curvy sections and put on the power when the road straightens out.
Those diesel powered rigs can really haul ass when they want. The drivers just have no sympathy for those that get stuck behind them.
Makes them champion A-holes.
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post #45 of 46 Old 08-20-2019, 10:24 AM
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South Australia's introduction to lane filtering recently could be a good starting place for getting legislators to accept the idea of filtering.

There are a group of us in BC Canada that are working to get our Ministry and legislators educated and receptive. An uphill challenge but we are finding more acceptance when they look at other jurisdictions that allow filtering.


Why limit filtering to 30 km/hr? If you are in an accident at this speed it is unlikely you will have a serious injury and it's why school zones are already limited to this speed for all vehicles.

Eventually the safety of lane filtering or splitting will be greatly increased when 4 wheeled vehicles have sensors that prevent them from changing lanes when its unsafe to do so, prevent them from having rear end collisions and prevent left hand turns when its unsafe to do so. Forget the current drive for complete autonomous passenger vehicles, focus on the 3 examples I've listed where accidents and injuries can be prevented.
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post #46 of 46 Old 08-20-2019, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Lrobby99 View Post
Never, ever, having done lane splitting, I have a question. When, let's say, multiple lanes of traffic on a controlled highway have crawled to a stop for a red light, and Joe Strom split lanes to the front of the swarm, does Joe really get to the intersection still splitting lanes and in between two cars at the front, the light turns green and Joe Strom gets to gun it and leave all the others in his dust?
I have never even seen this done.
Around here someone would eventually either ram you or shoot you.
In California, where it is a legal and long standing practice, four wheelers largely expect it, and the practice does help alleviate a bit of congestion. I'm not so sure how it would play out in a state where it is to be newly introduced, what with cell phones and people crowding the shoulder or centerline trying to see what's going on.
I am fortunate to not find it necessary to ride in such heavy traffic, and would personally find it a little intimidating.

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