Motorcycle lane splitting is legal, but some bikers are nervous about itNews | May 11, 2012
Diane Bagues just moved at San Leandro couple of years ago from some other state, & she got stunned 1 day when motorcyclist had sped down middle of freeway few inches away from the car & one in next lane.
She said that lane-splitting really scares her and that she said in an email that she hasn’t seen this in other states and she doesn’t believe that it is very legal in here. She isn’t alone either. Starting off start of the Month of Motorcycle Safety Awareness, state Office at Traffic Safety at Thursday had released the first-ever survey of controversial yet legal splitting lanes practice.
This survey had found that about 53% of the drivers think that splitting lanes is forbidden by law but about 87 per cent of the motorcyclists are still doing it. They also found that about seven percent of the drivers admit of trying to the block motor cyclists as they are travel between the lanes.
California is only state which allows the common practice. There isn’t any law which deals directly with this but the police say that it is OK when it is done very safely with moderate speeds. This mostly means when the traffic gets creeping along at less than 45 mph, but not at 65 mph, when the road way conditions are pretty light.
A lot of motorcyclists & few traffic cops say that the lanes of splitting makes them very nervous, but they do know that it saves a lot of significant time while on road.