Motorcycle Safety BC - Lane Filtering
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I ride motorcycles year round as my regular commuters. My BMW R100R and my girlfriends Suzuki TU250x are comfortable and economical modes of transportation. However, I am faced with the problem of the legality of traffic filtering in BC, and there are significant reasons as to why I feel this should be legalized.
- Being rear-ended by a Distracted Driver
I was in a serious car accident some years ago, wherein my stationary Volkswagen GTI was rear-ended by a distracted driver. He was driving a Ford Excursion, and wrote off my car. While my front-seat passenger and I sustained fairly minor injuries, my rear seat passenger was not so lucky. She still suffers from this accident, both emotionally and physically.
I frequently consider what would happen if I was rear-ended on my motorcycle in this manner, and I doubt I would be around to lobby for changes to traffic rules.
- Heat stroke
I dress for safety. In the motorcycle world, that usually means leather full length pants, leather jacket and a full faced helmet. You can see an example of this in the petition's photo.
Imagine now, traffic is jammed on the freeway during the summer. The ambient temperature is anywhere between 25 and 40 degrees Celsius and a hot engine between your legs. Wearing the gear for safety you can see how heat stroke can become a reality.
- Overheating Motorcycle
A common motorcycle design uses air cooling to ensure the engine does not overheat. You should not idle for more than a minute or two without a breeze to dissipate heat before you begin to damage the engine. This time is increased somewhat during the winter (2 to 3 minutes) but is still a reality. This can be costly, and sometimes unsafe. One would be inclined to turn their motorcycle off to save costly engine repair, which would make one more susceptible to the first indicated scenario...
There are other reasons to justify the legalization of this maneuver, but these three are the ones that stand out to me. They are the three that I know relate to day to day safety on the road. I would like to be VERY CLEAR that I am not be proposing a carte blanche "motorcycles can do whatever they want" law, but a set of rules and regulations that would allow for the safe application of lane filtering. (Just some examples for clarity: A) if traffic is moving slower than 30kph, a motorcycle could overtake on the side yet not to exceed 40 kph B) If traffic was stopped, motorcycles would be able to filter to the front of stopped traffic yet not to exceed 10 kph)
The truth of the matter is that studies (UC Berkeley) find lane filtering to be SAFER and not the other way around. I encourage any opposed to lane filtering to come forward with studies that support their stance surrounding the safety of this life-saving technique.
Please sign this petition to make the roads safer for Motorcycles.
Just a few references and studies supporting my claim:
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