Last month, we said lane-splitting might be on the rise. Now, we’re telling you it probably isn’t.
A few weeks ago, it seemed the Nevada government might be ready to pass a law allowing lane-splitting (as long as traffic was stopped and bikes weren’t going faster than 10 mph); right now, the only place you can get away with lane-splitting in the US and Canada is California, where the traffic cops tolerate it.
Alas, the bill to allow lane-splitting died in the state senate, so riders are back to being stuck in gridlock, or carefully looking over their shoulder for The Man as they shimmy and shake their way to the front of the line.
It’s pretty odd if you think about it – there are riders’ organizations fighting for everything from the right to ride helmetless, to the right to ride an exhaust so loud it can wake up your neighbours in the next city over. Yet, nobody seems to be too excited about winning the right to lane-splitting for motorcycles in the US and Canada – something that’s taken for granted in the rest of the world.