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Old 11-16-2017, 03:12 PM   #1
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Exclamation Bay Area Riders Forum official Lane Splitting Guidelines

I would have liked to hold off doing this until the CHP released theirs, but that has been thrown into a holding pattern for months due to the Commissioner stepping down. Not sure if we will see them this year. **EDIT CHP Tips issued now**

DataDan, Enchanter and Kazman joined me in writing these. Thanks much guys.

A press release with them was sent out today. Hope some of the media shares them as so many motorcyclist do not come to barf.

They are attached.
If you are a moto shop or other business that would like to print and post please email me.
We have a polished up good looking version for that. thebudman@kobza.com

If you are just getting into Lane Splitting read them.
If you are a kamakazi splitter please read them.
Even if you are a seasoned splitter there may well be good info for you too.


Lane Splitting – Filtering – Sharing Guidelines

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Your safety depends on your good judgment:
  • Don't expect to be seen. Lane-splitters are hard to see and some drivers are distracted.
  • Keep speed down so you have time and space to react to hazards.
  • Avoid splitting next to large trucks and other wide vehicles. They reduce space available and can be deadly in a crash.
  • Leave a margin for error, so when someone makes a mistake in the tight confines of the splitting corridor, it may not end in a crash.
  • Respect other motorists. Commuting is a cheerless grind for everyone. Don't make it harder for them even if a few make it harder for you.
  • Watch for lane changes, they are a frequent cause of crashes.
Less risk:
  • Lower traffic speed and speed differential.
  • Wider lanes.
  • Dense bumper-to-bumper traffic that limits ability of vehicles to change lanes.
  • Left-most lanes farther from merging and exiting traffic.
More risk:
  • Higher traffic speed or speed differential.
  • Narrow lanes, wide vehicles.
  • Gap in traffic that permits a quick lane change across the splitting corridor.
  • Right side lanes near merging and exiting traffic.
  • Intersections and crosswalks in the city.
  • Following or being followed closely by another motorcycle.
  • Night time or wet pavement.
Minimize your risk:
  • Ride with your head and eyes up, looking well ahead.
  • Anticipate the flow of traffic and predict hazards.
  • Limit your speed to 10-15 miles per hour above surrounding traffic. This helps others to see you and gives you more time and space to react to hazards.
  • Adjust your speed for road and weather conditions.
  • Cover your brakes to reduce reaction time.
  • Keep your hands and feet on the controls.
  • Don't split when traffic is moving at higher speeds. It raises risk but saves little time.
  • Be skilled at maximum braking and swerving.

Disclaimer: Lane Splitting can be dangerous, you could be seriously hurt or killed. These guidelines are meant to provide basic information based on experienced riders/commuters input and the SafeTrec Lane Splitting study by UC Berkeley. There is no guarantee these guidelines will keep you safe. Ride with extreme vigilance.
Additional tips are available at: www.bayarearidersforum.com/features and www.bayarearidersforum.com/1Rider
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:17 PM   #2
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Want to add something about what to do if you discover another bike on your tail? (As in: dip into a gap in the left lane so the other bike can pass by you safely and easily).
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:22 PM   #3
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harder for them even if a few make it harder for you.
The rest is judgement of acceptable risk. People who put the above as a priority are likely to be more grounded, understand their own level of control measuring the risks involved more accurately, and judging when the risk is acceptable to take.

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Old 11-16-2017, 03:30 PM   #4
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Want to add something about what to do if you discover another bike on your tail? (As in: dip into a gap in the left lane so the other bike can pass by you safely and easily).
We are not adding or changing. They are issued.

We had to keep it a one page document so there is only so much that can be included and still hold good technical writing protocols.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:46 PM   #5
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Nice job Budman! I know you and others put a lot of work and effort into this for our benefit. Thank you.
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Old 11-16-2017, 03:48 PM   #6
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Filtering?! Poor DataDan must be scratching his noggin and looking up definitions on the dictionary.

Otherwise, guidelines look good.
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I like "filtering." It's a nice word to describe what we do. It's positive and unobtrusive. No false pretense that we are doing something out of the goodness of our hearts connected to a word like "sharing." Yet no negative associated with the idea that we are taking something from cagers by "splitting" the lane with them.
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Nice. Typo in the last URL if you can fix it.

I don't know what the last bullet is saying--feels like it's missing a word.

I bet a phrase could be put in about 'looking behind' somewhere, but the 'looking well ahead' is so much more important that 'check your six' might be a distraction.
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:27 PM   #10
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Fixed the typo... Thanks!

I can't believe that was missed after reading it 10 times..
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Nice looking ahead badjoojoo

Good to get these out but the CHP's are the ones that will get most people attention.

I proposed doing them in 2011 when the DMV dude proposed banning lane sharing. That was in the CA motorcycle safety committee. He got pissed because I was not a State representative just a citizen member.

We had the CHP guidelines in '13 for a few months before they were pulled.
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PDF link not working for me - I get an "invalid attachment" notice

Nevermind, it's working now. Probably a FireFox issue at my end.
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