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 splitting is evil!” side, we get:
If Smith wants to take his chances of becoming road kill, he might want to consider the consequences to drivers who are unable to see motorcycles in their blind spots. Motorists who end up harming lane splitters have to live the rest of their lives knowing they changed or even ended a precious life through little fault of their own.
One could argue that a quick check of the blind spot before changing lanes could prevent the tragedy of living “the rest of their lives knowing they changed or even ended a precious life through little fault of their own.”
On the other side, we get a letter from a reader who called the piece “compelling” and said:
I’ll try to heed Smith’s driving advice and will offer a respectful salute rather than a New York salute to lane splitters.