CHP Defines Guidelines For Lane-Splitting by Motorcyclists

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motorcycleSACRAMENTO –

California, the only state in the nation to allow legal lane-splitting by motorcyclists, and according to The Sacramento Bee the only one to come up with a set of guidelines for doing it.

If you don’t know what lane-splitting is, it’s a maneuver motorcyclists use to allow them to cut between slower moving cars and shoot out ahead of traffic.

A few of the guidelines by the California Highway Patrol note motorcyclists can ride between two cars if there is room, but must do it at no more than 10 mph faster than the vehicles they are passing. Another rule also says motorcyclists should not attempt lane-splitting at full freeway speeds, or in any traffic going 30 mph or faster.

To look at the full set of guidelines click here.

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  • John borst

    I would like to clear up what people think about lane splitting. It appeared that the news anchors had a dislike and unsafe reaction. Lane splitting was implemented by CHP motorcycle officers. I’ll explain why its important to do so. I have ridden motorcycles all my life, and following or staying with traffic is very unsafe, due to the accidents at the back of the line. If you are not moving faster then the cars you are in a vulnerable and deadly position. And when your sitting in the back of the line sitting at a stoplight the same applies. Just imagine getting out of your car and standing at the rear while sitting at that stoplight with a car speeding or approaching up behind you, and the approaching car doesn’t stop! Can you picture it? CRASH! That’s what its like on a motorcycle, there is nothing that is going to protect you from harm or even death. So when the news anchor makes the comment that he was riding safe, he needs to rethink if going slow and hanging around cars is safe. Just thought I would clear this up for the people that don’t understand lane splitting, or riding motorcycles.