When talking with riders who ride outside of California (the only state where currently lane splitting is legal), I get this vibe where they think I'm nuts for lane splitting. Same thing happens when talking to folks who do not ride bikes. One of the first questions they have for me is if I lane split, and once I affirm, I can read the disappointment in their eyes. Here's a 15 minute video underlining the benefits of lane splitting.
CR - If it's only legal in Cali, that means it is ILLEGAL in the other FORTY NINE states. Do what you want in Cali. We are fine with it and if I lived there and had to deal with the traffic jams I might even consider it myself. Unfortunately, some riders read threads like this and think "yea, I'll do that too" without realizing that they would be breaking the law. The guys in your video basically use the entire video to "justify" themselves for doing it in other states. Bottom line is, it's illegal so why risk it?
I also found the officer's video a bit off from the formal CA legal definition as well. The state of California states that.. "It is not advisable to lane split when traffic flow is at 30 mph or faster --- danger increases as overall speed increases."
Another thing in the video shows a motorcyclist lane-splitting around larger vehicles which is apparently a no-no
When is it NOT OK to split? Maybe this is what adds to the confusion?
You should NOT lane split:
- If you can't fit.
- At a toll booth.
- If traffic is moving too fast or unpredictably.
- If dangerous road conditions exist --- examples include water or grit on the road, slippery road markings, road construction, uneven pavement, metal grates, etc.
- If you cannot clearly see
a way out of the space you're going into (for example, if a van or SUV is blocking your view
- Between trucks, buses, RVs, and other wide vehicles
- Around or through curves.
- If you are not fully alert and aware of your surroundings.
- If you are unable to react to changing conditions instantaneously.
- If you don't feel comfortable with the situation.