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Old 03-16-2016, 06:18 PM   #1
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Whitehouse lane splitting petition.

There is a petition up for lane splitting on the Whitehouse site.

Click here to go to the site and sign.

Make it legal for all Motorcyclists within in The United States of America to split lanes. https://goo.gl/2T2vUl
Lane splitting for motorcycles is a common practice in most of the world, yet in The United States of America, it is not. It's a fact that lane splitting can and shall increase safety for motorcyclists. Please enact a law to make lane splitting legal for all 50 States.

Lane-splitting is safe if done in traffic moving at 50 mph or less, and if motorcyclists do not exceed the speed of other vehicles by more than 15 mph

Compared to riders who were not splitting lanes, lane-splitting motorcyclists were markedly less likely to suffer head injury (9 percent vs. 17 percent), torso injury (19 percent vs. 29 percent) or fatal injury (1.2 percent vs. 3 percent)

Lane-splitting riders were significantly less likely to be rear-ended than non-lane-splitting riders (2.6 percent vs. 4.6 percent)

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Old 03-17-2016, 12:07 AM   #2
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Old 03-18-2016, 08:58 AM   #3
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Also asking friends from all over to sign petition. Thanks for posting this.
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:18 PM   #4
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:43 PM   #6
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I signed it, but....not looking good. 92,974 signatures needed by April 12, 2016?!?! :|
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:15 PM   #7
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:14 PM   #8
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Signed and shared on facebook. I'll definitely get shit from all my coworkers and colleagues in the medical field. Glad there was #s included, but no source listed. NHTSA or even CDC data would be a great start. Have they even done any studies on lanesplitting?

Eh. Google shows nothing recent..
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:09 PM   #9
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:35 PM   #10
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Signed and shared on facebook. I'll definitely get shit from all my coworkers and colleagues in the medical field. Glad there was #s included, but no source listed. NHTSA or even CDC data would be a great start. Have they even done any studies on lanesplitting?

Eh. Google shows nothing recent..
They didn't site sources because there is no data to support the claim that sharing is safer. It looks like they may have cherry picked some numbers from the Berkeley study, but that study very specifically did not compare the safety of lane sharing with not lane sharing.

Even though I support the lane sharing, I won't be signing this because I dislike bullshit even more. Using bad data only hurts the cause in the long run because it makes it so easy for those opposed to discredit those in favor of lane sharing.
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They didn't site sources because there is no data to support the claim that sharing is safer. It looks like they may have cherry picked some numbers from the Berkeley study, but that study very specifically did not compare the safety of lane sharing with not lane sharing.

Even though I support the lane sharing, I won't be signing this because I dislike bullshit even more. Using bad data only hurts the cause in the long run because it makes it so easy for those opposed to discredit those in favor of lane sharing.
Budman is on some of these safety boards and the data is there. He is a bit overextended right now. I encourage you to discuss it with him on the Pit Ho rally in Paso Robles this weekend.
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:35 PM   #12
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Budman is on some of these safety boards and the data is there. He is a bit overextended right now. I encourage you to discuss it with him on the Pit Ho rally in Paso Robles this weekend.
Unfortunately, the data really isn't there. No solid research has ever been done comparing lane-sharing to not.

I am pretty sure you are thinking of the Berkeley study that made a comparison of injuries at various lane sharing speeds but specifically did not compare sharing with not sharing. This study has been misquoted and misunderstood (including by Budman) a lot in the moto community. I would suggest reading the actual document.

This is an quote from the Berkeley study (bold added by me):

This study is not without limitations. The primary limitation is our lack of exposure data. To estimate how the risk of being involved in a collision changes when motorcyclists chose to lane-split, we would require information on both the lane-splitting and non-lane-splitting riding that is done by some identifiable sample of motorcyclists. The collection of these data is fraught with problems, and the current study did not attempt to collect such data. The current data set cannot be used to compare the collision risks for lane-splitting or non-lane-splitting riders. The data that we do have enables us only to examine the collision, personal, and injury characteristics of the riders who were involved in traffic collisions and whose collisions occurred in the study jurisdictions.

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Old 05-11-2016, 10:50 PM   #13
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:58 AM   #14
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Good it didn't get enough signatures. The last thing motorcyclists need is a federal law allowing lane splitting. It isn't that such a law wouldn't have a short term benefit, allowing lane splitting across the USA, it that getting that through would only setup a precedent to get the federal government involved in also creating more restrictions for motocyclists.

Every law that benefits motorcyclists also imposes restrictions at the same time and having the feds to be the ones to decide them is the worst possible outcome. Beware of federal laws that you think benefit a cause you like. Do we really want other laws affecting motorcycles to go national too? How about emissions/exhausts? Should all states be required to go the CARB way?

California is leading the way, push that state by state and if every state is a little different, no big deal, different steets have different speed limits too yet we figure out how to ride them all.

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