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post #1 of 23 Old 08-13-2014, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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CHP Pulls Lane Splitting Guidelines

So as the title says, the CHP has pulled the lane splitting guidelines they put out in early 2014. I'm not sure how long ago they pulled it but here's the link where they used to be and the explanation as to why the guidelines are gone now.

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My understanding was the CHP had consulted with motorcycle groups and others to draft the guidelines. Can anyone here comment on why they were pulled?

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By and large, motorcycle safety programs are against lane splitting. Also, what's with traffic guidelines? Stopping for a red light isn't a guideline?

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By and large, motorcycle safety programs are against lane splitting...
Not in California. Those of us who live in California know that, when done responsibly, lane splitting is an awesome way to move around and get ahead of the slow moving traffic. That includes seasoned riders and professional instructors.


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...Also, what's with traffic guidelines? Stopping for a red light isn't a guideline?
No, stopping at a red light is a LAW/RULE, not a guideline. Huge difference.




Anyway, that subject has been hot on the internet lately. There was a guy suing the CHP for publishing those guidelines (they were a great set of suggestions). The problem is that, at some point, the riders and even the CHP officials started taking those guidelines as rules instead of mere suggestions (remember, there are no set laws concerning lane splitting in California), so they had to take them off from the official CHP website to avoid misinterpretations. Those guidelines can still be consulted on the AMA website and many other places on the internet.

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If lane splitting was legal in Va. I still wouldn't do it. There's just something not right about it. But that's just me.
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If lane splitting was legal in Va. I still wouldn't do it. There's just something not right about it. But that's just me.
I was just like you before I moved to California, I thought it was dangerous and silly. It actually took me a few months before I dared doing it myself... but now I'm a convert. Lane splitting is awesome!
Last week I went back to Utah on my bike and it was just frustrating not being able to filter through the slow moving traffic or get all the way to the front at the red lights during hot days.


P.S. On the Vee, I only lane split when it has the side cases removed, otherwise it's too wide and I don't feel comfortable riding between cars. I always do it on the SV, though.

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If lane splitting was legal in Va. I still wouldn't do it. There's just something not right about it. But that's just me.
If you try it in Massachusetts, they WILL try to kill you.

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Bizarre. Most of Europe allow lane splitting, except parts of Switzerland, though I've seen idiots do it and for the most part lane splitting is mostly done in cities when traffic is stationery or very slow moving, that would be the only time I'll do it. I have in my past become frustrated with slow lane hoggers that I would enter a 'zone' and lane split, weave and generally risk life and limb at silly speeds just until the red mist clears, then calm down again. Lane splitting is a benefit of a scooter, motorcycle in cities, or what's the point?
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here in Louisiana, it would be every pickup truckers duty it seems to block you or open a door if you try. Just the other day I was going to take my Wee 10 FEET (lg of his truck + distance between us on the shoulder to get in the turning lane. He pulled ONTO & OVER the shoulder to prevent it, then blocked the turning lane till the last moment and went straight.

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Maybe CHP is reformulating their recomendations, lane splitting awareness is increasing here with frequent public awareness TV information adds,stateing that lane splitting is legal, I,ve seen at least two different spots in the last 4 weeks with the frequency of 3 a week or so.I expect I,m a average viewer watching way to much TV.

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Not sure of the guide lines the CHP doesn't use but I've been passed recentlywhile in the carpool lane doing 75 mph by CHP motor officers. They went by like I was parked. No emergency lights lit either.
Maybe they just like going really fast?
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