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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lane splitting by Motorcyclists is Legal in California.

OFF THE WIRE
Motorcyclists should Lane split in a safe and prudent manner
    Motorists should not take it upon themselves to discourage motorcyclists fromlane splitting.

The term lane splitting, defined by Assembly Bill 51 Quirk in 2016 as driving amotorcycle that has Two Wheels in contact with the ground between rows ofstopped or moving vehicles in the same lane on both divided and undivided streets, roads and highways.
    Intentionally blocking or impeding a motorcyclist in anyway (i.e. Opening avehicle door to impede a motorcyclist) is illegal.
    Typically, it is safer to split between the far left lanes, than between the otherlanes of traffic.
    Consider the total environment when you are lane splitting (this includes the widthof lanes, the size of surrounding vehicles, as well as current roadway and weatherconditions.
    Riding on the shoulder is illegal; it is not considered lane splitting

  According to SafeTrec Study by Dr. Tom Rice at the University ofBerkley, Lane Splitting is relatively safe if done in traffic moving at 50mph or less, and if motorcyclists do not exceed the speed of othervehicles by more than 15 mph.

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