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Comments on: I object to lane splitting because . . . http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=149 Good question . . . I write about motorcycles and why we ride them. en Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:53:25 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.2.2 by: <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>527</b><br /> <br /> <b>Deprecated</b>: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in <b>/home/monkey2k/whybike.com/blog/wp-includes/kses.php</b> on line <b>96</b><br /> Train http://www.whybike.com/blog/index.php?p=149#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2007 21:55:41 -0800 14277:149@http://www.whybike.com/blog
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This was a very thought provoking article James. I know that we have had more scary encounters with cagers than I care to remember and it was never because of our rude or careless behavior. For example, once we were travelling in a light rain on a major Altanta interstate. We were in the right-most lane about to make an exit. An automobile driver cut in front of us to get on the exit, then passed us again in order to get to a traffic light ahead of us! To top it all off, this model citizen gave us the infamous one finger salute as if we had been the ones in the wrong. What can you do? We love your site by the way! You do really excellent work. Beach &#38; Train www.thebeachcruiser.com
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This was a very thought provoking article James. I know that we have had more scary encounters with cagers than I care to remember and it was never because of our rude or careless behavior. For example, once we were travelling in a light rain on a major Altanta interstate. We were in the right-most lane about to make an exit. An automobile driver cut in front of us to get on the exit, then passed us again in order to get to a traffic light ahead of us! To top it all off, this model citizen gave us the infamous one finger salute as if we had been the ones in the wrong. What can you do?

We love your site by the way! You do really excellent work.

Beach & Train
www.thebeachcruiser.com

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Nice one James. Too true, many cagers just don&#8217;t get it, or hate us because we can do it. Lucky, in Europe (apart from the UK), most have accepted lane splitting, and often go out of their way to let us through. They realize that better have bikes in between cars, then in front, creating even bigger traffic jams.
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Nice one James. Too true, many cagers just don’t get it, or hate us because we can do it. Lucky, in Europe (apart from the UK), most have accepted lane splitting, and often go out of their way to let us through. They realize that better have bikes in between cars, then in front, creating even bigger traffic jams.

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The emotional response people have to lane splitting interests me. My wife feels the same way, and I struggle to understand why. I think it&#8217;s a response to being startled. Ironically, if lane splitting were more common don&#8217;t think it would arouse the kinds of negative responses it does now, because people wouldn&#8217;t be surprised by having a motorcycle slip by, whereas now it&#8217;s a combination of a fast, noisy object suddenly appearing where you don&#8217;t expect it - and a certain amount of jealousy caused by the fact that you&#8217;re stuck there in traffic and they&#8217;re not. Seriously - lane splitting isn&#8217;t going to cause the downfall of Life As We Know It. Relax, remember that that motorcycle splitting lanes isn&#8217;t going to make you get there any slower (maybe faster, since it&#8217;s not taking up a spot in the lane) and think about something happy.
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The emotional response people have to lane splitting interests me. My wife feels the same way, and I struggle to understand why. I think it’s a response to being startled. Ironically, if lane splitting were more common don’t think it would arouse the kinds of negative responses it does now, because people wouldn’t be surprised by having a motorcycle slip by, whereas now it’s a combination of a fast, noisy object suddenly appearing where you don’t expect it - and a certain amount of jealousy caused by the fact that you’re stuck there in traffic and they’re not.

Seriously - lane splitting isn’t going to cause the downfall of Life As We Know It. Relax, remember that that motorcycle splitting lanes isn’t going to make you get there any slower (maybe faster, since it’s not taking up a spot in the lane) and think about something happy.

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It&#8217;s all about what you are accustomed to. In the rest of the world lane splitting is a common occurrence. Take the peripherique in Paris for example. In Paris as in many other European cities, a huge number of people (I don&#8217;t know the percentage but is high) ride scooters and bikes. Scooters ride in between the lanes of cars. It&#8217;s an everyday thing. No one gets startled, no one except maybe a startled American tourist yells at them or honks their horn. In fact there are as many scooters as cars, so it&#8217;s probably futile anyway - akin to a herd of Antelope running along a herd of Buffalo. They run together without flipping each other off. Sure the occasional antelope turn into mush, but in general they coexist. Why cant we? Answer: Because we in America have personal space issues. We have expectations that people will &#8220;give us our space", whether it be in a car or walking in the mall. When we don&#8217;t get it, we get agitated. Motorcycles and smaller vehicles fill the space because they have can. Drive safer, the roads are only going to get fuller.
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It’s all about what you are accustomed to. In the rest of the world lane splitting is a common occurrence. Take the peripherique in Paris for example. In Paris as in many other European cities, a huge number of people (I don’t know the percentage but is high) ride scooters and bikes. Scooters ride in between the lanes of cars. It’s an everyday thing. No one gets startled, no one except maybe a startled American tourist yells at them or honks their horn. In fact there are as many scooters as cars, so it’s probably futile anyway - akin to a herd of Antelope running along a herd of Buffalo. They run together without flipping each other off. Sure the occasional antelope turn into mush, but in general they coexist. Why cant we? Answer: Because we in America have personal space issues. We have expectations that people will “give us our space", whether it be in a car or walking in the mall. When we don’t get it, we get agitated. Motorcycles and smaller vehicles fill the space because they have can. Drive safer, the roads are only going to get fuller.

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Not to split hairs (!), but in CA, the HOV (car pool) lane is separated from the other lanes by two double-yellow lines, usually with about 18 to 36 inches between the sets of doubles. This is practically another &#8220;lane&#8221; for a motorcycle, and indeed, you&#8217;ll see motorcycles in this lane all the time, continuously for miles, including CHP. I&#8217;ve asked CHP about this, and they say that riding between the lines like this is legal. It&#8217;s illegal to _cross_ these lines to move from the HOV to a standard lane, or vice-versa; this is an HOV lane violation, and a car would also be ticketed for crossing these lines. On a bike, you can move between the lines, and back to your original lane. If this isn&#8217;t considered being on the centerline (as the two double yellow are considered the divider between lanes), I&#8217;m not sure what is.
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Not to split hairs (!), but in CA, the HOV (car pool) lane is separated from the other lanes by two double-yellow lines, usually with about 18 to 36 inches between the sets of doubles. This is practically another “lane” for a motorcycle, and indeed, you’ll see motorcycles in this lane all the time, continuously for miles, including CHP. I’ve asked CHP about this, and they say that riding between the lines like this is legal. It’s illegal to _cross_ these lines to move from the HOV to a standard lane, or vice-versa; this is an HOV lane violation, and a car would also be ticketed for crossing these lines. On a bike, you can move between the lines, and back to your original lane.

If this isn’t considered being on the centerline (as the two double yellow are considered the divider between lanes), I’m not sure what is.

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