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    Senior Member Lane Splitting / filtering
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    amazing to live in CA and own a bike. Traffic during rush hour in CA takes me about 1 hr to get home, vs 25 min on my NC or my scooter. being able splitting lane is the reason I ride and will continue as long as my commute continues to be the same distance. I have only ridden briefly in other states where splitting in not legal. i felt very frustrated sitting in the sun for hr. i really rather sit in car with AC if i had to sit in traffic.

    found a nice video about lane splitting

    How and Why Motorcycle Lane Splitting is Safe and Good - /RideApart - YouTube

    California is the state with the highest amount of motorcycle, Honda HQ is here too. seen it. is nice

    i know all other state cannot split lane , i think this hurt sale of motorcycle for sure,

    how do you feel about splitting? would you split if you could? have you wanted your state to legalize splitting? if so have you done anything so your voice can be heard? you can write to you state Representative

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    Last edited by mreric; 10th August 2014 at 01:19.

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    Senior Member ste7ios's Avatar
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    I agree. There is no point to have a bike if you're moving like a car. It's painful.

    Lane splitting is the rule in Greece. Of course you need to be extra careful...

    It's good to have a relative top speed of 20kph (12.4mph) to have the time to react. (But it's not always easy to keep it...)
    If there is a 'hole' in the traffic expect that someone will fill it without warning...
    Also note that the stripes (at least in Greece. I don't know how is yours) are very slippery especially when they're wet.

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    Senior Member Lane Splitting / filtering dduelin's Avatar
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    My idea of a good ride is to be in the country in a few minutes and not see traffic the rest of the day. If I had to sit in traffic every day I'd be living in the wrong place. Sharing the road with a few million fellow residents daily..... No thanks.


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    Super Moderator Lane Splitting / filtering 670cc's Avatar
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    Having lived in a rural area and ridden motorcycles for 40 years, I can't really remember any time where I might have sat in traffic and needed/wanted to lane split. The fact that's it's illegal here is irrelevant.

    I see your point, mreric, about the value of lane splitting where you ride, but I chose to ride where there is no need for it. Even when traveling, I avoid busy highways and dense population areas. Most motorcyclists don't live and ride in the environment that you do. I doubt lane splitting has any significant bearing on overall motorcycle sales.

    Occasionally, my wife and I ride scooters on backroads to a restaurant at a nearby lake. From the time we leave our driveway until almost at the destination, we sometimes never encounter another vehicle at all during the 40 minute ride. That's the kind of riding I enjoy.
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    Senior Member Lane Splitting / filtering itlives's Avatar
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    I would like lane splitting here (Louisiana). I would not use it while in motion. I would use it at lights. I think that's where it really helps with easing congestion.
    Nothing makes me madder than to be four cars back and not make the light because some @-hole is texting or not paying attention.
    I will say, most people not paying attention to the lights/traffic ARE texting. At least that's what I see -grrrr!

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    Senior Member anglachel's Avatar
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    saw a poll that said only 50% of drivers in CA even knew that lane splitting was legal... when have the public thinks that it's illegal I can't imagine how much impact it could have on motorcycle sales...

    The more likely reason why CA has more motorcycles than any where else is because they have a climate that can support it, and a massive population to buy motorcycles (CA has some 38 thousand people, TX only has 26 (though don't tell that to Texans, they get mad when they aren't the biggest), NY and FL both have 19...) CA has almost twice as many people as FL, and one could reason, at least twice as many riders...
    TX isn't a ride all year kind of place for many people, it gets too hot in the summer... NY is far from a ride all year kind of place.

    Of course with fewer people and lower population densities in the rest of the country we also don't get traffic like many places in CA... Sure some cities are bad for traffic... but 4 out of the top 10 worst traffic cities are in CA. When traffic is bad really bad in MN it is usually caused by weather, sure there are backups during rush hour... but a complete stop for more than 30 seconds is rare, we creep along otherwise. I rarely put my feet down in the highway... and when I do it's only for a few seconds then I'm moving again.
    And when weather is the cause of a backup, you wouldn't want to be on a bike.

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    Senior Member Griff's Avatar
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    I no longer commute, but when I did, lane splitting was the norm for me and still is if I am in heavy traffic. For me it is part and parcel of motorcycle ownership. When I did commute, if I were to stay in traffic without lane splitting, I would have been as well off driving a car. Simple as that.

    Here in Ireland there is no law that I am aware of regarding lane splitting specifically. I have never been, or do not know anyone, who has been pulled by the police for doing so. The secret of successfully doing so is to do it safely, but above all to be absolutely focussed on the task to hand. In short, there is no room for daydreaming when lane splitting. My commute in a car normally took me one hour and 15 minutes. The same commute on my FJS600 took me 35/40 minutes. That is the difference between lane splitting and not. Admittedly there would also have been some incursion into bus lanes involved also. Again the police here generally turn a blind eye as long as there is no difficulty being caused for other road users.

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    Member Lane Splitting / filtering ThumperX's Avatar
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    I have always lane split even where it is not legal. The thought of being between two cars front to back vs side by side makes me cringe.
    Commuting in the San Francisco Bay Area I can't even imagine not splitting.
    I used to be an insurance adjuster specializing in motorcycles. FWIW, California has a 15% lower fatality rate as a result of rear end collisions than other states based on motorcycle registrations.

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    yes, this is a copy/paste from another forum that I'm on. I know there are Ga riders here. its interesting how varied forums "share" the same topics sometimes.
    Here's where we can encourage Georgia to look into lane splitting!


    GDOT wants your feedback on traffic and transportation - CBS46 News

    ATLANTA (CBS46) -
    The Georgia Department of Transportation is currently looking at future transportation needs and considering alternatives for funding those projects. To do this, GDOT wants to know what Georgians are looking for and any recommendations about how to pay for the work.

    There is a section at the end of the survey that asks your ideas on reducing the congestion in Atlanta. Don't ask directly for lane splitting, it's a touchy subject and we'll need research on our side first. Here's what I wrote, feel free to copy/paste:

    I think research into things like filtering (lane splitting) should be done. It is the norm in almost every country besides the United States, would cost very little to taxpayers, and would reduce congestion in the Atlanta area.

    Spread the word, the comments will be open until Sept. 30!

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