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Default Do you split lanes?

I use my bike to commute to work and back, mostly through heavy traffic. lane splitting is legal here, I mostly see kids on crotch rockets doing it.
I still stay in the normal traffic lanes for the most part.
What do you do?
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It's illegal here in NY, so I stay in my lane. If traffic is completely stopped, I will split lanes just to get me a little further ahead or to the first available exit, provided there's room on both sides for clearing cars' mirrors, my mirrors, handlebars & saddlebags...
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It can be usefull, but i dont as it is also extreemly dangerous.
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I don’t do it. In south Florida it’s dangerous just riding normal. Splitting lanes is crazy to do here. i am never in a hurry while riding my bike.
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It's legal here (Colorado) and if traffic is really bad I do it. But I'm very carefull while doing it.
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It's legal here (Colorado) and if traffic is really bad I do it. But I'm very carefull while doing it.

ocezam,

you might wanna re-check the law before you do it in Johnny Law's sight...

http://home.ama-cycle.org/amaccess/l...t.asp?state=co
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ocezam,

you might wanna re-check the law before you do it in Johnny Law's sight...

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Thanks man! I was sure it was legal back in the 70's and 80's. Hey that's what I get for gettin' old.
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It's legal here (Colorado) and if traffic is really bad I do it. But I'm very carefull while doing it.

You know - I believe that to be a Myth - about it being Legal in Colorado, California and anywhere else for that matter... being an accident investigator for quite a few years and auditing regulations in MANY States including California and Colorado, I have never found any law, statute, vehicle code, etc. that allows it. In California, the law simply does NOT state that it is Illegal to share a lane with another vehicle.

Honestly guys - no matter how safe you feel doing it, and no matter how slow you are going - it is NEVER a good idea - I have seen too many bad things come of it. Look at it this way.... If you DO split lanes, and something happens that a driver of a car that you are passing happens to open their door, stick their arm out of the window, make ANY SORT of movement with their vehicle, and it causes you to come into contact with them.... you WILL be at fault and most likely EXTREMELY injured in the process...

It is just one more way that we can avoid taking an uncalculatable risk - When we come to an intersection, generally the first priority is to attempt to guage which car is going to pull out in front of you first and take steps to avoid it - Well while splitting lanes, that ability is not only deminished, but non existent.


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Thanks man! I was sure it was legal back in the 70's and 80's. Hey that's what I get for gettin' old.
And if you really want it from the horse's mouth, see the Colorado Revised Statutes:

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42-4-1503. Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.

(1) All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a traffic lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a traffic lane. This subsection (1) shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.

(2) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake or pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.

(3) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.

(4) Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.

(5) Subsections (2) and (3) of this section shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their official duties.

(6) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class A traffic infraction.
I wouldn't do it even if it was legal. Well, probably not...
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nopp its illegle in FL and as already stated its dangerous enough just ridding in one lane
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