French filtering study:
And now, a five-year-long French study concludes that lane filtering motorcycles are 12 percent more likely to crash.
I 100% agree, and I too lane-split for miles at a time on both mountain roads (Hwy 17 in Santa Cruz) and freeways in Silicon Valley when commute traffic is slowed or stopped. I've seen people do it wrong and watched them launched over a car hood (OK, I only saw that once, but it made an impression), but I appreciate both the ability to get out of tangled traffic and of not being at risk of getting rear ended. In a manner I view it a bit like speeding. If you launch a study I bet you'll "conclude" that speeding increases accidents. But I find judicious use of speed also provides separation and in many cases makes me feel safer.I for one do not think lane splitting is more dangerous if done at reasonable speed. I live here in California and split all the time when necessary. No problems yet...been very close to being rear ended when flowing with traffic though.
A topic that always stirs emotion / people always take it personally.I don't know why riding on the shoulder is not allowed and lane splitting is. When I hit slow to stopped traffic, I head for the shoulder.
I'm the same as 2andblue. No lane splitting, no filtering.A topic that always stirs emotion / people always take it personally.
Traffic - I am just like anyone else and wait my turn. No filtering, no curb / breakdown lane passing stopped vehicles.
Sat many of times just like everyone else.
In our space there is zero sense in creating bad relationships; not everyone around the country takes someone ‘cutting in line’ as an ok thing and I’d rather not have that hothead trying to catch up later down the road to ‘show me’
Just my .02
Nothing like arguing in the face of evidence...
Sherriff car didn't blink or move.
It started raining really hard, the light turned green, and I forgot about the bike, didn't see him again.
I'm gonna say he was net-safer getting to the front, and had better odds of spotting shelter or making good route decisions once he could readiIy change lanes.