Lane splitting – it’s something we all long to do, even if the local constabulary frowns on it.
But, if a cop pulls you over when you’re gleefully filtering through traffic, here’s something you can tell him: You’re doing it for safety purposes.
According to a study published on the RidetoWork.org website, lane splitting doesn’t raise risks out there on the streets, it actually lessens them. Study author Steve Guderian, a San Francisco-based rider and transportation safety guru, says it’s all about rear-end collision risks; lane-splitting riders are less likely to be rammed from behind by a car, and they’re also less likely to run into the back of a car themselves.
Guderian backs up his theory by comparing accident statistics from California – where lane splitting is legal – to other states with similar riding conditions. The numbers show that Californians are less likely to be hit or killed in a rear-end collision.
Want to know more? Check out Guderians study here.