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Old 01-29-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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Lane Sharing PSA Site: LaneSplittingIsLegal.com

Folks, the recent thread about the CHP lane splitting guidelines announcement got me thinking. There was some mention in the thread that PSAs might be in order, and I thought it'd be great if there was a website that we could send car drivers to so they could get more info. I also thought it'd be great if the URL for the site was simple and conveyed the message on its own, so that folks who didn't get to the site might still get the message. So I made LaneSplittingIsLegal.com.

My original idea was to just have a splash page with some links, but I wanted to have stickers that people could slap on their bikes. Then I thought that ongoing news would be good, as well as other resources. So there's a bit more to it now.

The site is still something of a work in progress but the bulk of the idea is there. There's a link to order stickers from CafePress. I also plan to do a big run of stickers and drop li'l stacks of them at local bike shops and maybe events. I'll probably also make the road sign graphic available in large form to anyone who wants to use it.

Anyway... check it out at LaneSplittingIsLegal.com let me know what you think, and tell your friends. There's a Facebook page now, too.

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Since there seems to be some confusion about stickers, I'm adding that info here. There are currently three designs available here. I'm working on getting a run of 1,000 or so done - as soon as I get those, I'll do some kind of free sticker in exchange for a donation to BARF deal. There are more designs/sizes coming soon - specific sizes for your cage, etc. If you want a specific color or size, please let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Here are two of the stickers that are currently available. Click 'em to get 'em.




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Old 01-29-2013, 12:35 AM   #2
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Good stuff! I like it!
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:49 AM   #3
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Shouldn't you have made it "LaneSharingIsLegal.com"? Or was that taken already?

In any case, good work trying to get the word out!
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:38 AM   #4
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I would recommend modifying the sign to give the rider a little more room. Two inches on either side is just a bit close.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:27 AM   #5
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I would recommend modifying the sign to give the rider a little more room. Two inches on either side is just a bit close.
That's to scale for the Bay Bridge, sir. But you make a valid point.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:03 AM   #6
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Shouldn't you have made it "LaneSharingIsLegal.com"? Or was that taken already?

In any case, good work trying to get the word out!
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:26 AM   #7
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Shouldn't you have made it "LaneSharingIsLegal.com"? Or was that taken already?

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Thanks guys.

The CHP's Lane Splitting General Guidelines use the term "lane splitting" and also mention "lane sharing" and filtering.

Since my goal with the site is primarily to promote those guidelines (thus that text being the focus of the home page) and the idea that whatever it's called, it's legal, I stuck with their language. I know that some folks care a lot about the slight (or merely semantic) differences between splitting and sharing, but I don't think it really matters in this context, and it's best to just match the language being used in the official guidelines from The Man.

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:11 AM   #8
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nice site. i just went there. and lanesplitting saves time for everyone by getting some vehicles off the road sooner, diminishing congestion so the cagers have a more pleasant commute.

Awesome. Spread the word. how can we make it go viral?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:26 AM   #9
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nice site. i just went there. and lanesplitting saves time for everyone by getting some vehicles off the road sooner, diminishing congestion so the cagers have a more pleasant commute.

Awesome. Spread the word. how can we make it go viral?
Thanks!

As for spreading the word - just tell your friends. I'm going to put a few more touches on the site and start promoting it a bit more. I'm also going to get a bunch of stickers made up and distribute them to shops and other riders. My original idea was that guys like me would be splitting every day with these stickers on their saddlebags/topcases/helmets/whatever and folks would either "get it" or go check out the site. Thus the no-nonsense URL. At least, I think it's a no-nonsense URL.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:27 AM   #10
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Great idea, and thank you for putting it together!

I don't know what it costs to register an additional web address, but if "lanesharingislegal.com" is available I am more than willing to help underwrite its purchase. Put in an automatic redirect and not only would you get both constituencies, you would underscore that, semantics aside, both terms are valid (and legal).

And please keep us posted as the when the stickers are available, I want one for my truck.
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Site looks good!

Just one suggestion: The PSA acronym may not be widely understood. Googling for it ranks "Prostate-Specific Antigen" and "Professional Sports Authenticator" at the top.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:44 AM   #12
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Great idea, and thank you for putting it together!

I don't know what it costs to register an additional web address, but if "lanesharingislegal.com" is available I am more than willing to help underwrite its purchase. Put in an automatic redirect and not only would you get both constituencies, you would underscore that, semantics aside, both terms are valid (and legal).

And please keep us posted as the when the stickers are available, I want one for my truck.
Good call, and thanks for the offer. I just added it to my "domain portfolio" - already had IsLaneSplittingLegal.com as well. The redirect should kick in pretty soon. I should probably also register something like AreThosePsychosAllowedToRideBetweenCars.com.

I can pretty easily do the on-demand stickers with different URLs, for folks who prefer one term over the other. There are a few stickers here, but I'm working on a bunch of sizes and whatnot so folks can get whatever will fit on their bike + some car-specific versions. I'll definitely let y'all know when they're up. I'm also thinking I might do a run of free stickers in exchange for donations to BARF.

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Perhaps we can get some GoPro footage of someone sharing/splitting safely and post it with a title of and/or link to the site?
Killer idea! And if you're commenting on any articles about this, a link would be killer too.

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Site looks good!

Just one suggestion: The PSA acronym may not be widely understood. Googling for it ranks "Prostate-Specific Antigen" and "Professional Sports Authenticator" at the top.
Thanks for the feedback. I wasn't even sure I needed the "PSA" - I shortened it down from Public Service Announcement because it was just too long and unwieldy. I'll mess around with it a bit more tonight.

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Killer idea! And if you're commenting on any articles about this, a link would be killer too.
Okay, BARFers... Who has some positive GoPro vids of lane splitting that they can share for the edification of drivers?
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nice site. i just went there. and lanesplitting saves time for everyone by getting some vehicles off the road sooner, diminishing congestion so the cagers have a more pleasant commute.

Awesome. Spread the word. how can we make it go viral?
Perhaps we can get some GoPro footage of someone sharing/splitting safely and post it with a title of and/or link to the site?
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Awesome. Spread the word. how can we make it go viral?
If I know anything about the internet, we'll need cats or tits to make that happen.
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