Lane-splitting: It’s common around the world, but illegal in Canada and the US – except for California, where UCLA Berkeley has just wrapped up a study on it, with interesting results.
According to the study, lane-splitting is a safe, community-conscious concept, as long as you practice it legally (California has laws that restrict where riders can lane-split, and at what speeds). Their study says the public is gaining awareness of the practice, more riders are taking advantage of it, and that fewer drivers are trying to block riders from filtering.
They also discovered riders involved in accidents when lane-splitting legally are less likely to be injured than riders who aren’t lane-splitting. Interesting! Seems there’s credence to the idea that lane-splitting minimizes the danger of rear-end collisions?
Interested? You can read the study for yourself here. Maybe it’s time to lobby your local MLA for changes to your province’s traffic laws? You can show them this study, too, while you’re at it – lane-splitting is good for everyone.