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California Bill AB 51 Codifying Lane Splitting To Be Introduced To Committee



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Here at MO, we are strong proponents of lane splitting. Not a day goes by in which we don’t filter between the lines of slower moving or stopped cars. In the process, we’re also easing congestion and protecting ourselves from being rear-ended by distracted drivers. So, naturally, we were excited last year when we heard of California bill AB 51 was making the rounds in an effort to codify the act of lane splitting by giving it a set of clear rules for riders to follow. One of the primary benefits of the rules would be that they would make it possible to educate the driving public about lane splitting.

Unfortunately, the bill was pulled last July at the request of its author, California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, because of fears that it would not pass. Since that time, Quirk has worked on changing the language of the bill to a form that will improve its chance of passing. According to LaneSplittingIsLegal.com, an organization devoted to promoting lane splitting, the wording has changed to a much less specific recipe for legal lane splitting to a more generalized one. The result is a bill that maintains lane splitting’s legality by virtue of not being explicitly illegal while giving the CHP the option of developing and distributing educational guidelines for riders and the driving public to better understand safe lane splitting.

In a mockup of the amended version of AB 51 produced by LaneSplittingIsLegal.com, the specifics of the top speed and the speed differential between the motorcycle and other traffic have been removed. In their place, the mandate for CHP to create guidelines to educate the public is inserted: 'The California Department of Highway Patrol may develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist and the drivers and passengers of the surrounding vehicles.'

Additionally, the agencies that the CHP is to consult in developing the guidelines includes not only the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, and the Office of Traffic Safety, but it also lists the requirement of consulting with a 'motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety.' So, we assume the organization selected would be either the AMA or the MSF, giving actual motorcyclists an active say in the development of lane splitting guidelines – which is very good news!

These changes were scheduled to be submitted to committee yesterday, May 31, 2016, but at the time of publication, the bill’s page on the California Legislative Information website had not been updated. Interested parties can track the progress of the bill there. California residents who want to contact their representative can search here. Those who want to contact Assemblyman Quirk’s office can visit his web site.
Read more about the California Bill AB 51 Codifying Lane Splitting To Be Introduced To Committee at Motorcycle.com.
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I personally think lane splitting should be illegal. How many bikes get wiped out by doing something like that? I've seen them shoot by me on the highway while I sit there on my bike with my nuts roasting. What if a newer rider wanting to show off does it and gets nervous and then pinballs off the cars. I say leave the law how it is for this situation. I've wanted to ride in between cars before but I value my safety and will stick to my lane.
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I personally think lane splitting should be illegal. How many bikes get wiped out by doing something like that? I've seen them shoot by me on the highway while I sit there on my bike with my nuts roasting. What if a newer rider wanting to show off does it and gets nervous and then pinballs off the cars. I say leave the law how it is for this situation. I've wanted to ride in between cars before but I value my safety and will stick to my lane.
Not as many as you'd think.

It has already been proven lane splitting and filtering is safe. It's commonplace in Europe. It seems 49 states are the holdout!

It's already legal here (by proxy of not being illegal). Lane splitting is every day life in California. They're just wanting to outline some official rules/suggestions in regards to it.
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I've heard before that motorcyclists get rear ended more in the states where lane splitting is not legal. Lane splitting helps prevent rear end collision, but I don't know if that is offsetted by the number of lane splitting related accidents. In my opinion, it is more dangerous to do it in moving traffic, but it is relatively safe to do it when traffic has stop.

I do agree that lane splitting in moving traffic takes a lot of skills, which a newbie shouldn't do. When I was starting out, I wouldn't even consider lane splitting in moving traffic. I slowly built up my skill at red lights, where there are just a few cars, then gradually moved up to more cars.

Riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous. You have to know what you can and can't do. You can't be lane splitting for the first time at high speed in moving traffic. Same way that you can't let your first time riding a motorcycle be in heavy traffic. You have to start small, learn the proper technique, and then develop the necessary skills before putting yourself in those type of situation.

You can't just outlaw it because a newbie might be stupid enough to try it for the first time on the highway and then $#!+ goes wrong. These kind of things will always happen. If law makers took that same view then they'll probably end up banning motorcycle as well. They'll be all like, what if a newbie sees some hot chicks looking at him and then he tries to show off and ends up doing 0-60 into somebody else.

Lane splitting is the same as riding a motorcycle or driving a car in the sense that if you are doing it correctly, then it is safe (to some degree that is). It doesn't matter if it is legal or not, if you do either of those things recklessly, then you're putting your safety at risk.
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I personally think lane splitting should be illegal.
and every state should have and enforce, a helmet law too, right?!

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How many bikes get wiped out by doing something like that? I've seen them shoot by me on the highway while I sit there on my bike with my nuts roasting. What if a newer rider wanting to show off does it and gets nervous and then pinballs off the cars. I say leave the law how it is for this situation. I've wanted to ride in between cars before but I value my safety and will stick to my lane.
and just think, if we all able to conceal/carry firearms, it would turn into the wild wild west.



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Not as many as you'd think.

It has already been proven lane splitting and filtering is safe. It's commonplace in Europe. It seems 49 states are the holdout!

It's already legal here (by proxy of not being illegal). Lane splitting is every day life in California. They're just wanting to outline some official rules/suggestions in regards to it.
the key is education!

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Lane splitting or better said lane sharing is crazy right? Not so fast. Watch the video, filmed during actual lane splitting in California with Nutnfancy, as we discuss the scientific and now proven facts of the practice. Amazingly it is safer for a motorcyclist when in heavy traffic. Like all "dangerous things" it is done safely by millions of people everyday, reducing pollution, traffic delays, drive times, and congestion. Discussed in the video is the amazing parallel between gun ownership/use and lane sharing. If you are against lane sharing, for the fear of abuse [seen or imagined] by the “fools” of society, then you should be probably against gun ownership as well to maintain integrity. Watch my 2009 video “Dangerous Things” for this foundational philosophy in TNP. This is consistent with that. Statisically proven in 2013, lane sharing reduces injuries and fatalities of motorcyclists when done responsibly. It should be passed in all 50 states./////////////////Nutnfancy Likability Scale: 11 out of 10

From American Motorcycle Assoc: "Perhaps one of the most dangerous situations for any motorcyclist is being caught in congested traffic, where stop-and-go vehicles, distracted and inattentive vehicle operators, and environmental conditions increase the risk of physical contact with another vehicle or hazard.

Reducing a motorcyclist's exposure to vehicles that are frequently accelerating and decelerating on congested roadways can be one way to reduce front- and rear-end collisions for those most vulnerable in traffic. A 2014 study conducted in California supports this assertion by demonstrating that motorcyclists engaging in responsible lane splitting were less likely to be rear ended, suffer a head injury or be involved in a fatal crash.

Other potential benefits include an increase in conspicuity because the motorcyclist is moving relative to other traffic; a reduction in motorcyclist fatigue from constant shifting and braking in stop-and-go traffic; a lessening of the risk for engine damage for air-cooled engines; a reduction in motorcyclists' exposure to ambient heat in the summer and car exhaust year-round due to fewer hours spent in traffic. "
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I myself am all for RESPONSIBLE lane splitting. I'm not talking about riding past barely moving cars at sixty miles an hour here,which is just plain stupidity.moving at about five to ten miles an hour above the speed of the moving traffic should be fine.there is no risk of clipping a car that is moving in a straight line as there really is no place for that car to go anywhere but forward.and if you by chance clip a car riding by it,imho you don't belong on a bike,as you should know how wide and long and where your bike should fit.once it becomes mainstream the other vehicles will get used to it,just like another car passing you in traffic shouldn't bother you.
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You are more likely to be seen moving above and against the flow(humans by nature,as are most herd animals(yes I once again called us herd animals) are geneticly wired to notice things against the flow) of traffic than with and smaller than it

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Lane filtering/splitting is legal here in Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom).

As already pointed out, done safely it's great, common sense is all that is need and riding responsibly.

By-passing congested traffic and not sitting in traffic jams is another great reason to ride a motorcycle and not be sat in a cage
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