Traffic congestion is an ever increasing issue as cities develop and solutions are needed. One inexpensive, simple, and immediate way to reduce congestion is to permit motorcyclists and scooters to travel between slow moving lanes of traffic. Allowing this practice would open more lane space for larger vehicles by relieving the requirement of motorcycles to always occupy a car sized lane space. The state of California has set an example for the adoption of lane splitting in other states through its recent posting of a guide lines to safe lane splitting practices (http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/lanesplitting.html, http://ots.ca.gov/lanesplittinggeneralguidelines.pdf). These guidelines provide an informative reference for states considering legalization of lane splitting.
For those who are undecided and believe that lane splitting causes a ton of hazards for not only the riders but drivers as well, here is a simple video by RideApart expaining why lane splitting is safe and benficial.
- New York City Department of Transportation
- NY State Senate
Legalize Lane Splitting in New York State
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