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New Guidelines For Motorcyclists On Lane Splitting

The CHP removed the guidelines for motorcycle lane splitting about two weeks ago under orders from the state’s Office of Administrative Law.

A complaint made from a Sacramento man said that they could be misinterpreted as enforceable laws. For now, Lane-splitting tips have been banished from materials distributed by the CHP as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Traffic Safety. According to Auburn CHP, Officers are no longer commenting on lane splitting issues.

Street Skills in Rocklin offers a 4-day riding course at their Sierra College Location. According to Bill Cruz, owner of Street Skills, if a rider chooses to do lane splitting, they potentially cut out a cushion space and minimize an escape route if needed. Cruz also said that riders potentially cut your ability to see and be seen while lane splitting.

In California, motorcycle lane splitting is not considered legal or illegal, however according to Cruz, the privilege is most often abused by riders driving much faster than the flow of traffic.  His concern is if riders continue to abuse it, then it could become a law making it illegal.

Lane-splitters are advised not to drive more than 10 mph faster than traffic flow.

The guidelines applied to city streets, highways and freeways across the state, and motorists as well as motorcyclists relied on them.

According to the California DMV website on Thursday, lane splitting is still suggested in their online handbook.

“The term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering, or white-lining refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower-moving traffic or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a traffic light. 
Lane splitting is risky, and should not be performed by inexperienced riders. When choosing to lane split, skilled motorcycle riders should do it between the #1 and #2 lanes.”


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