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Old 03-26-2021, 07:00 AM   #76
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Thanks for the info...It really warned me how dangerous riding is
And something more, I hope: Lane splitting can be dangerous, but almost always in predictable ways. Knowledge of where and how trouble begins, along with good habits of observation, positioning, and speed reduces the risk to a level most riders find acceptable.
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:02 AM   #77
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No, they're not trying to kill you

In post #2 of this thread I made a big deal about attitude, by which I mean readiness to perceive conditions and events in certain ways and react accordingly. A good attitude syncs up nicely with reality--perceptions will reflect what's really happening. A bad attitude does not. This matters because attitude creates expectations, and expectations that correctly account for driver motivations and intentions enable accurate predictions of specific actions.

Short version: If you think drivers are trying to kill you while splitting (they're not) your predictions about what they might do will be wrong 99.9% of the time, and you won't be able to avoid unintentional incursions.

Here's a New Zealander who has it all wrong:
A motorcyclist has issued an impassioned plea for motorists to stop cutting them off as they weave through traffic, saying it puts them in serious danger. The man posted on a Tauranga community Facebook page ahead of the Easter long weekend reminding motorists to be careful.

"When traffic is moving slow and you see a motorcyclist lane splitting (moving between vehicles) do not try and cut them off!"

He continued on to say that just because the person may not like a motorcyclist weaving through traffic, it doesn't give them the right to cut the biker off, as it's a legal manoeuvre in New Zealand.

"This happens to me and other riders far too often and those arrogant drivers doing this to riders for no reason at all has to stop. By cutting off that motorcyclist you are committing a dangerous act that could put the rider in serious to life-threatening harm even at slow speeds."
Drivers cut off lane-splitting motorcyclists because they're simply trying to change lanes, though perhaps carelessly. They don't want to wreck their car or ruin their day.

A lane change is more likely where there is:
  • a gap in the opposite lane to move into
  • a large speed differential between lanes
  • a junction where freeways join or divide
  • a forced merge when a lane ends or is blocked
Keep your head and eyes up and look for these situations. On a familiar route like your daily commute, you may be surprised at how well you can predict and avoid problems. Post #14 lists some preventive measures to avoid a cut-off.
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