splitting lanes when another motorcycle rider is splitting between other nearby lanes as cars may make additional room for one rider and accidentally reduce space for another.
4) Consider the total environment in which you are splitting, including the width of the lanes, size of surrounding vehicles, as well as roadway, weather, and lighting conditions. -
5) Be alert and anticipate possible movements by other road users. -
The Four R's or “Be-
Dear Fellow Blue Knights,
A 59 year old motorcyclist was lane splitting on a freeway at unknown speeds when he struck with the rear of a Toyota Corolla. The collision threw him from the motorcycle onto the pavement. This caused a chain reaction of drivers trying to avoid the downed motorcyclist and his bike. Within minutes several vehicles were involved and several injured. The motorcyclist died at the hospital. This unfortunate incident impacted several families as a result of the collision.
Lane Splitting, although recognized by the state as an allowed practice, has increased risk factors to consider. Most risk factors can be controlled.
I’ve included the CMSP Guidelines for Lane Splitting
Lane Splitting General Guidelines Lane splitting in a safe and prudent manner is not illegal in the state of California. The term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering or white-
Motorcyclists who are competent enough riders to lane split, should follow these general guidelines if choosing to lane split:
1) Travel at a speed that is no more than 10 MPH faster than other traffic – danger increases at higher speed differentials. -
2) It is not advisable to lane split when traffic flow is at 30 mph or faster -
3) Typically, it is safer to split between the #1 and #2 lanes than between other lanes. -
Chapter Safety Officer