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CHP issues first guidelines for motorcyclists who lane split

It’s been one of the more controversial practices by motorcyclists, and now the CHP has issued guidelines on it. We’re talking lane splitting. California is the only state to allow lane splitting by motorcyclists, where the bikers ride between lanes of slow or stopped traffic. While there’s no law allowing lane splitting, there’s no law prohibiting it, so the CHP says it’s legal. CHP Sgt. Mark Pope of the motorcycle safety unit at the CHP’s Sacramento headquarters says the CHP… Read More »

Motorcycle ‘lane splitting’: Some drivers try to block it

It’s known as “lane splitting” or “splitting lanes.” It’s controversial, and it’s legal. Now, the state Office of Traffic Safety has issued a survey of motorcyclists and drivers about their reaction to lane splitting, in which bikers snake their way between cars on Highway 101 or on local roads with two lanes going the same direction. Here are some of the survey’s findings: –77.6 percent of motorcyclists say they lane split, with 30.9 percent saying they do it all the… Read More »