The studies show that lane splitting is actually safer for riders, when done properly.....
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Posted on: 06-11-2019 14:58.
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And can help with congestion as well.
The agency calls lane-splitting an option that "can provide an escape route for motorcyclists who would otherwise be trapped or struck from behind." A 2015 study by the University of California Berkeley found lane-splitting appeared to be a "relatively safe" strategy if it's done in traffic moving at 50 m.p.h. or less and motorcyclists don't exceed other vehicles' speed by more than 15 m.p.h..
The Berkeley study also concluded that lane-splitting motorcyclists were less likely to suffer head or torso injuries or die in a crash than those who didn't split.
The American Motorcyclist Association, an advocacy group that represents more than 200,000 motorcyclists nationwide, supports lane-splitting and is working to make it legal in other states.
"It is very safe as long as you are keeping your speed reasonable compared to the surrounding traffic," said Nick Haris, a lobbyist for the group. "And it reduces traffic commute times for the rider and other drivers."
Those minority of riders who are idiots will find a way to kill themselves eventually regardless.
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