Lane splitting has been legal where I am for a while but I still cop it from fools in cages.
I've had the conversation with friends and shown them why it's safer for me and then they get it but it takes the conversation otherwise they never will
Important to note that the notice does not permit wheelies whilst filtering, must always have two wheels on the ground.
In the UK, where filtering/splitting has never been verboten, there are still car drivers who go out of their way to block. On the other hand, there are many car/van/lorry drivers who move over, even when there is already sufficient room.
Many videos on youtube of Brit Bikers filtering, much to the horror of many transatlantic cousins. My best motorcycle for filtering was a Y*m*h* trail bike.
so in Brisbane Australia, most drivers of non two wheeled vehicles these days make space, but like the UK there is always some twat that doesn't like the motorcycle guy/girl getting ahead or still thinks it's an illegal manouvre.
It is legal to split lanes here in the State of Queensland, but you may not exceed 30kph and only do this when safe to do so. Some muppets still think your breaking the law.
"Overtaking on the left" or in an "unmarked lane" as the Police Traffic Branch refer to it are both offences and attract a fine and points.
So running down the left side of a left lane on say a motorway or "riding the shoulder" as it's commonly refered to, is illegal.
Ask me how I know all this
Unfortunately there are a group of riders who must persist in higher speeds whilst lane splitting, in my opinion that makes all motorcycle riders look bad.
I commute to the CBD in a large 4x4 Utility and in the last 2 years have been witness to two separate incidents where riders "clever, skilled & very confident types" who came to an unfortunate and rapid halt resulting in smashed bikes & other vehicles and injury to themselves after hitting vehilces whilst executing very high speed lane splitting.
30kph Dave? Even to someone as old as me that seems very slow. Other motorcyclists sometimes filter at 70mph+ in the UK. I'm beginning to think that British bikers are a wild bunch, although the Portuguese have their moments
yes it is very slow I agree 30kph is crawiling, I didn't say I agreed with that low a speed, but that is the law here. Riding at more than 40kph over any speed limit in Queensland will get you a loss of licence if caught:jawdrop
I don't know about you, I'm 59 and regularly riding my Daytona 955i with original clips ons :smile2: I'm not usually refered to as being slow:wink2:
But a 30kph lane split limit is a damn sight better than no legal lanesplitting at all, which is what we had here until a few years ago.
I think Australian Motorcycle racer history on the international circuit shows Aussies are not less "wild" than anyone esle >
Oh and that guy in the video clip doesn't have great chances of "getting old".
My best mate gave up motorcycles after a lane splitting smash. I regularly see guys on the Monash Freeway in Melbourne splitting at 100kph in 5 lane peak hour traffic, it makes me break in to a cold sweat. I once thought I was invincible and did a lot of stupid things on bikes, but not any more.
Can't believe the conservative powers that be legalised lane splitting. As somebody once said, 'if motorcycles were invented today they would never be allowed on the road'.
Don't know about other juristictions but here in Victoria our road toll is significantly worse than last year, and motorcycles are well over-represented. I'd rather take 10 minutes longer.
I don't ride stoopid anymore, but even when I did I was never a big fan of wheelies. It was always my experience that I could accelerate quicker and go a lot faster with both wheels on the ground and going quicker and faster won races. My heroes back in my early motorcycle days were the likes of Clem Johnson, Leo Payne, Boris Murray, and Joe Smith (legendary motorcycle drag racers) and you didn't see them getting their front wheels more than a couple inches off the ground. That, I'll add, was before they started putting wheelie bars on drag bikes.
I actually feel that lane splitting is safer, and it definitely makes my daily commute much much better. I find that the vast majority of cars make room for me, sometimes it's even like the Red Sea with cars getting out of the way on both sides.
Even the people that block usually do it because they are not paying attention. I have only encountered one or maybe two people doing it maliciously. In both cases, the car on the other side made extra room to let me pass.
We need to be courteous when doing it, though. I make sure that my speed is not so far above the regular traffic that I am scaring people. I also wave to everyone to thank them. I also patiently wait behind other motorcyclists that move slower than I do while splitting. It is really dumb to split on two sides of a single lane and I am sure car drivers don't like that.
I think people understand the trade off that motorcycles have. We get to split lanes, but we don't have heat or air conditioning. They know that.
I to live in la the land of splitting, but a couple things that bug. For one some people lane split while traffic while rare is going 70 mph. That’s straight up nuts to go faster and scare a driver into you. Once traffic goes 30 mph I will wait to slow down and then split. Blasting the middle a good 20- 30 mph faster then the cars or go by a stopped car going 40-50 is crazy. I move over for those cats. I don’t want to get tangled in their mess. The second and I see this a lot since my commute is an hour is a car inadvertently moves a bit and the biker smacks his mirror purposely with his fist or punches at the window. All this while going 40+ mph. More than once I thought he was going to eat it since the bike is swerving from the asinine swing at car. Split all we want is cool but be responsible and not a douche. My buddy got squeezed between 2cars on the 110 fwy which is the thinnest here and hit the deck. Luckily he was being mindful and keeping his speed real so he only had a few bruises and bike had scratches. Be safe and smart.
I find it troublesome that most motorcyclists always seem to blame car & truck drivers when they hear about another motorcycle-down incident. The truth of the matter is many (if not most) of those incidents are the direct result of motorcyclists riding like idiots. I see it every day when riding or driving my car: Riders splitting lanes when the traffic is going the speed limit or faster, splitting lanes MUCH faster than the traffic is going, dangerous lane changes at absurd speeds,... The list could go on-and-on.
There's rarely a day goes by that I don't find myself thinking someone's going to kill themselves if they keep riding like that, and it's sad how often I've been right. Sadder yet is the fact that the closest I've personally come to going down was the result of another motorcyclist riding stupid. That's happened twice in the last year.
When I lived in SoCal I split on a daily basis. Now that I am in Nevada where lane splitting is not legal, I only do so when traffic is a nightmare. I've split in other states and never been stopped, even when passing cops.
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