Back in a previous life, I was the editor of the Toronto Star’s Wheels section, which was the largest automotive publication in Canada, if not North America. Its star was — and still is — Jim Kenzie, and few people are as great an authority on cars as Jim.
Unfortunately, Jim hates bikes. He thinks they’re foolish and dangerous, and he’s fond of saying that two wheels on the ground is two wheels too few. To each their own. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion.
Jim’s also well-known as a commentator on Motoring TV, and his Kenzie’s Korner rant has been running for years at the end of the show. But now he’s come out against lane-splitting, thanks to hearing some comments made by Jacob Black, editor of autos.ca, who is a keen rider. Watch it above and see if you agree with his stand.
“One thing that everybody agrees on is that riding a motorcycle is something like 25-30 times more dangerous than driving in a passenger car,” says Kenzie, and uses the University of California Berkeley study to back up his claims.
This is all well and good, but Jim’s a respected voice and politicians listen to him. It’s one more misinformed strike against repealing an uninformed Canadian law that we can do without. I’d much rather politicians read this, and also read the 2012 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S.
So let us know in the comments what you think of Jim’s stand, and I’ll make sure he sees what we have to say.