[ABATE Local 6 Elist] Lane Sharing / Lane Splitting Draft Guidelines

Nancy Nemecek nemecek at san.rr.com
Wed May 17 10:40:25 PDT 2017

Here's some information from ABATE and our Lobbyist, Jim Lombardo.






Lane splitting by Motorcyclists is Legal in California.

    Motorcyclists should Lane split in a safe and prudent manner

    Motorists should not take it upon themselves to discourage motorcyclists
from lane splitting.


The term lane splitting, defined by Assembly Bill 51 Quirk in 2016 as
driving a motorcycle that has Two Wheels in contact with the ground between
rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane on both divided and
undivided streets, roads and highways.

    Intentionally blocking or impeding a motorcyclist in anyway (i.e.
Opening a vehicle door to impede a motorcyclist) is illegal.

    Typically, it is safer to split between the far left lanes, than between
the other lanes of traffic.

    Consider the total environment when you are lane splitting (this
includes the width of lanes, the size of surrounding vehicles, as well as
current roadway and weather conditions.

    Riding on the shoulder is illegal; it is not considered lane splitting


  According to SafeTrec Study by Dr. Tom Rice at the University of Berkley,
Lane Splitting is relatively safe if done in traffic moving at 50 mph or
less, and if motorcyclists do not exceed the speed of other vehicles by more
than 15 mph.


Go to  <http://www.abate.org/> www.abate.org for Updates on Motorcyclists
Rights and Join and/or Donate to continue to Fight for your Rights at the
State Capitol and in all of California.


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