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I would like to know what your opinion of lane splitting is and do you do it?
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It's foolish, and yes I do it. Mainly passing heavy traffic on the right.
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I would if I could but I can't so I don't.
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Not a really good idea. From what I understand, it's accepted in other parts of the world but over here yer liable to get whacked.
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Probably 75% of my commute is splitting the lane.Some days I really enjoy it and push my speed, other days it sucks and seems like everyone out to get you.For the most part a necessary evil.
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Depends on where you live. In some states it's not legal so I wouldn't do it because the cages don't expect it. In Calif it's legal and done all the time. Safe if done properly, when traffic is not moving or moving slowly, don't go much faster than traffic and eyes WIDE open. I read where NHTSA even did a study this year that showed more bikes got pancaked in rear enders at lights than squished splitting lanes.
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It's foolish, and yes I do it. Mainly passing heavy traffic on the right.
That's not lane splitting, it's riding on the shoulder. It will get you a ticket in California.
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what IS lane splitting?
Is this where the 2 or 3 lanes heading in 1 direction is stopped or bareley moving and the bike rides between the cars, on the line?
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Depends on where you live. In some states it's not legal so I wouldn't do it because the cages don't expect it. In Calif it's legal and done all the time. Safe if done properly, when traffic is not moving or moving slowly, don't go much faster than traffic and eyes WIDE open. I read where NHTSA even did a study this year that showed more bikes got pancaked in rear enders at lights than squished splitting lanes.
It's my understanding it's not actually legal here in Ca. It's just not illegal.
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Riding on the right can get you a ticket if you are outside of the white line. At least that is my understanding.

I do lane split all the time, but generally only when approaching a red light when all the cars in front are stopped, are not able to go anywhere and there is adequate room in between lanes. I hate downtown Laguna because it is always backed up and the lanes are so skinny there usually no room. If I didn't split I would never get anywhere. I just don't like having to be the first one through the intersection.

On freeways, only when it is bumper to bumper and then I perfer riding on the double yellow carpool lines. Seems to keep most from cutting over.
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