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Found this in the LA Times today:

The study did show that lane-splitters who ride at speeds 10 mph faster than the traffic they are passing do stand a greater risk of being in an accident. Researchers also found that lane-splitters are more likely to rear-end another vehicle than vice versa. Moreover, the data showed that the chances of lane-splitters getting into accidents is greatest in the early morning and late afternoon — rush hour.
 

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That's interesting. I'm unable to read the article, so I'm not sure what the full criteria was. Lane splitting at high speeds is understandably going to be more dangerous than when traffic is crawling. The cause of the higher rate of accidents may be due to the number of riders that are splitting at unsafe speeds.
 

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hmmmm people lane splitting are more likely to rear end a car than get rear ended.......wonder how much research($$$$) that took.

People lane splitting are more likely to hit an open car door.......people lane splitting are more likely to get hit by the side of a car..........send me some research $$$$$
 

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UC Berkeley most likely did the study so that means one of super liberals that hates being passed by motorcycles while he is sitting on one of the freeways leading to Berkeley. The freeways during the morning commute in that area of Oakland and Berkeley is a parking lot.
I don't have much respect for a university that would hire Angela Davis as a professor.
 

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I would assume every State and province has done their own research to decide whether or not to allow lane splitting/filtering in their state/province.. I'm actually surprised to see that only ONE state is currently allowing it..

Of course I am sure all the "pro splitters" probably think every state & province other than California are just being stupid or stubborn to not allow it, right? Conversely all the "anti splitters" probably think California is full of pot heads anyway :D so let them split
 

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I'm confused, they figured out the dangers of lane splitting but say it is safe?Personally I wouldn't do it if it was legal I think that there is just too much that can go wrong,some jack ass decides to force his way into another lane or opens a door on you in stand still traffic , just off the top of my head.Different strokes for different folks I guess
 

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I'm confused, they figured out the dangers of lane splitting but say it is safe?
The way a CHP cop stated it to me and a couple other guys is "It is safe if done properly". The speed differential between the cars and bike shouldn't be over 15 mph. I have never had a problem lane splitting and have found that most cages will actually give you space if they see you coming. Reality is most cages do not even know you are there until you pass them.

The real problem is speed, too many riders are going 25 to 40 mph faster than traffic. I have seen guys splitting traffic doing 65 to 70 when the traffic is moving 35 to 45. Those are the guys that create the negative statistics when they get splattered all over the interstate.
 

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Here in Australia, the New South Wales State Road Transit Authority recently conducted a trial in an area of inner Sydney on lane filtering, and have passed laws allowing lane filtering.

They make a distinction between lane filtering (mainly maximum speed 30 km/hr - 20 mph) and lane splitting (passing between moving lanes of traffic at > 30 km/hr which is still illegal). There are a number of restrictions on lane filtering in NSW, speed, no passing on the inside of the inside lane, school zones, etc

If you want to see the conditions, have a look at the link below.

http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/motorcyclists/lanefiltering/

Other States are being urged to introduce this lane filtering law. NSW has advertised it as a win-win situation for motorbikes and motorists, for every motorbike which filters and gets through a set of traffic lights then one car moves up the queue.

I lane filter here in Queensland despite it not being legal. I DON'T lane split, that's too dangerous!
 

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I contend that if we twist the facts a little and find a few people who "sort of agree" we could probably come up with the data to support pro-drinking and driving. I'm sure a study by professionals from that great state of Kalifornia could put forth such a decree that with enough caution and careful consumption of the proper category of alcohol, that driving while having a few drinks is right in line with the allowable constraints of public safety. I know I'm not the only one to have friends who could drive incredibly well while being over the legal limit. I've ridden with them.

In my state they are looking for a difference between driving under the influence and driving while impaired. Which as I understand it means the BAC of .08 percent needed to be found legally drunk is not low enough to catch those who may not be legally drunk but are driving impaired. Next they will be looking for ways to stop those who are mentally impaired. I wonder what that would include, possible lane splitting? Hey, just thinking how far we can take this :biggrin:
 

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hmmmm people lane splitting are more likely to rear end a car than get rear ended.......wonder how much research($$$$) that took.

People lane splitting are more likely to hit an open car door.......people lane splitting are more likely to get hit by the side of a car..........send me some research $$$$$
People lane splitting are more likely not to sit in traffic for hours on end.
People lane splitting are more likely not to overheat.
People lane splitting are more likely to ride their bike on hot days.

Send me $$$$
 

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hmmmm people lane splitting are more likely to rear end a car than get rear ended.......wonder how much research($$$$) that took.

People lane splitting are more likely to hit an open car door.......people lane splitting are more likely to get hit by the side of a car..........send me some research $$$$$
Sorry, but I'm sure all the money is already spent. Some Professor probably paid a student 20 bucks to collect and review some accident report statistics. and the rest put the new patio and pool in the professors back yard.
 

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Most know that statistics lie, and liars use statistics.

I don't think anyone really thinks lane splitting is safe. Those of that have done it or are still doing so realize their is risk involved.

When I was commuting to the bay area I split lanes every day for several years, did have a few close calls, and took a mirror off a cage once. I have also seen a couple people get wiped out spitting lanes, mainly on the bay bridge, each one was going too fast for the conditions.

If you haven't split lanes, then you really don't know what it is like. Most of the time the cages aren't moving, so it is obvious they can't hit you. If you watch the drivers you are approaching and maintain a reasonable speed you reduce the risk drastically.
 

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Wonderful. Just think that our tax dollars, who knows how many millions, went to the Socialist/ communist/ liberal university of BS, Berkeley, to inform us of something that everyone knew.:confused:

I attended some mandatory law classes there in the 90's and I, personally wouldn't send a dog there for an education. Avowed communists are actually teaching there openly to kids with heads of mush.

Sam:)
 

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Porky, I see you love UC Berkeley as I do. One thing about it, in the 60s with all the free love chicks running around it was a lot of fun.
 

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Yeah, Angela Davis, a Black panther and avid communist still teaches the PHD program called: "Black studies." How special:)

Lets turn it around a little: "Sam, I understand that you just got your Doctorate degree at Berkeley! Congratulations, what in?"

Sam: "White studies."

"Say what! what kind of job do you qualify for?"

Sam: "A Government job of course.":biggrin:


Once, a couple of weeks after I left there, it made the news that a 'student,' had actually attended classes for 2 weeks, totally nude and was never questioned since he had a right to express himself!

Gotta love them Liberal educations:)

I toured Haight -Ashbury district while on my honeymoon to San Francisco in 1967 and there were lots of hot young lovelies everywhere---and they all stank and so did their hippie boyfriends some of whom were actually sleeping in the gutters on the streets.

I did grow a mustache after that as it turned me into a rebel---NOT.

Sam:)
 

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and they all stank and so did their hippie boyfriends some of whom were actually sleeping in the gutters on the streets.
That's why us locals didn't hang out in the Haight - Ashbury, mostly gutter rats, tourist, and hippies showing up from other parts of the country.
 

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I think those that haven't done it feel more strongly about it than those that have, though if there was a push to stop me from doing it, I'd feel very strongly about it.

If you don't like doing it, oh well. That doesn't concern me. I don't need you to ride the same way I do. Do what you want, but please don't begrudge me riding the way I want.
 
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