Month: January 2013

California Office of Traffic Safety Joins CHP in Promoting Lane Splitting Guidelines

California Office of Traffic Safety

The California Office of Traffic Safety has joined the California Highway Patrol in promoting lane splitting safety, posting the lane sharing guidelines released by the CHP on the ots.ca.gov home page. It’s great to see this getting more coverage and

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Nevada Lane Splitting Rollup

Lane splitting is currently illegal in the state of Nevada. The Motorcycle Operator Manual (PDF) published by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles specifically mentions lane sharing, stating: Lane Sharing Cars and motorcycles need a full lane to operate safely. Lane

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Oregon Lane Splitting Rollup

Oregon Lane Splitting

Lane splitting is currently illegal in Oregon. However, there are signs of a move to make lane sharing legal. The Oregon Department of Transportation completed a Motorcycle Lane-sharing Literature Review (PDF)  in June of 2010, which looked at things like: Reduction

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LA Times Follow Up: Doug Smith Responds to Readers Letters About Lane Splitting

Lane Splitting Road Sign

I apparently jumped the gun a bit when I joked just yesterday that the LA Times is in danger of becoming a obviously slanted, pro-moto media outlet. Writer Doug Smith has just written another piece, responding to both positive and

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Video: LA Times: Open Lanes, Even During Gridlock

Motorcycle Lane Splitting in Los Angelese

The LA Times, in danger of becoming a obviously slanted, pro-moto media outlet, has posted a video to accompany it’s recent opinion piece on lane splitting. The video, “Open Lanes, Even During Gridlock” features public television-esque dry narrative and some

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Responses to LA Times Perspective Piece on Lane Splitting

Lane Splitting Road Sign

The Los Angeles Times has posted two letters sent in response to the Perspective piece “On Two Wheels, It’s All Open Road.” (originally reported here) The letters represent motorists on either side of the lane sharing issue. On the “lane

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Los Angeles Times: On Two Wheels, It’s All Open Road

Lane Splitting Road Sign

People often ask moto commuters, “Why do you commute that way? It’s dangerous!” My own answer always includes something to the tune of, “I’m immune to traffic on my bike.” This LA Times Perspective piece on lane splitting backs this

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Hell For Leather: How to Lane Split

Motorcycle lane splitting photo.

Hell For Leather has a nice long informative article on how to Lane Split. The HFL crew’s opinions and writing are sometimes subject to ridicule, but this is a good piece. If you live in California and decide that lane splitting

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Finally! California Highway Patrol Issues Lane Splitting Guidelines

CHP says lane splitting is ok!

California riders have known for a long time that lane splitting is legal in California. Many riders – especially moto commuters – cite lane sharing as one of the big reasons riding is awesome. But many folks have long seen

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Old News: Lane Splitting Has Been Ok for a While

Sure, the CHP have just now come out and said lane splitting is legal and ok, and of course there were mentions of the practice in driver’s handbooks – but there were media mentions and opinion pieces here and there

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