“Lane Splitting in California: Is it Legal?”
In short, the answer is “Yes!” Filtering or lane sharing, as it is also known as. Is legal in California. If you’re unfamiliar with the term is refers to when a motorcyclist moves between two cars, or two lanes, while traffic is slow or stopped.
While it is legal, there are a few precautions and guidelines motorcyclists and drivers need to take into consideration. For example, the motorcyclist must understand that there is a high risk involved. And that lane splitting should only take place at reasonable speeds. Motorcyclists must also attempt lane splitting after they are experienced or seasoned riders.
Lane Splitting Dangers
As a motorcyclist it is important to understand that lane splitting is considered a risk. For example, if a vehicle changes lanes suddenly or fails to signal the results can be fatal. It is also important for riders to remain diligent and aware of their surroundings at all times. Especially in regards to vehicle drivers. While it is completely legal to filter through traffic some drivers do not respect motorcyclists. And have been known to close up gaps or attempt to block motorcyclists from filtering through traffic. As a motorcyclist it is imperative that you been defensive and aware of your surroundings at all times.
As a vehicle driver making sure that you are aware and do not intentionally block motorcyclists is recommended. Be sure to use your turn signal at all times. And while in heavy traffic make sure you look around, being careful to check blind spots, before changing lanes. When it comes to traffic in California we are all part of the solution. As long as we take responsibility, work together and educate ourselves on the law and road etiquette. We will make our roads a safer place.