The topic of lane splitting is as hot as it’s always been and the French being the French, just threw oil on the fire. Whether you are for or against, you are likely to have an opinion, as do I.
As a results of a 5 year study that concluded lane splitters were involved in 12% more crashes, as of February 1st, the French are no longer allowed to lane split. They were actually never officially allowed, but it was condoned. Read more about their findings here. It might have been because most riders and drivers in France are, well, French. It might have been because it was something nobody was accustomed to, or it was simply the wine they consumed before partaking in the experiment.
What we do know is that The American Motorcycle Association claims the opposite; namely that it enhances motorcycle safety: “A motorcycle’s narrow width can allow it to pass between lanes of stopped or slow-moving cars on roadways where the lanes are wide enough to offer an adequate gap. This option can provide an escape route for motorcyclists who would otherwise be trapped or struck from behind. There is evidence (Hurt, 1981) that traveling between lanes of stopped or slow-moving cars (i.e., lane splitting) on multiple-lane roads (such as interstate highways) slightly reduces crash frequency compared with staying within the lane and moving with other traffic.”
I have always done it and will always keep doing it, I feel safe doing it and if the merde hits the fan, I am glad to have an escape route. But what do you think? Level a comment below, but, as they say on advrider: Feel free to disagree, to debate, but do not insult someone you disagree with.
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