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post #1 of 74 (permalink) Old 03-28-2006, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Which states have legal lane splitting?

I trying to get a list of states in the US where it is legal to lane split. I live in SC and am searching through the Code of Laws but don't see anyhting yet. I travel around on my bike a lot and it would be nice to know.
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I think it's just california.

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lane splitting

i know that in NJ and CA its legal.

Check out this website, it tells you the laws for each state.
http://home.ama-cycle.org/amaccess/l...t.asp?state=nj
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Is lanesplitting safe? According to a study done in southern California in 1996, it is. Read the SFgate article at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...30/MN87097.DTL

How do I lane-split safely? When traffic is stopped or moving slower than ~20 MPH, you can split between lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Keep your speed no faster than 15 MPH over what the traffic is doing. Watch out for holes to either side of you because holes attract lane changes.
checdk out laneshare.org it is an activist group to legalize it

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None, in actuality. In Cali they don't have a specifc law that states you can't lane split...so everyone just assumes you can.
No there is a pamphlet that is issued by the CHP and distributed by the DMV that talk about lane splitting. They gave me one when I got my endorsement.

The rules are simple. No faster than 45 MPH and no faster than 10 MPH over the average speed of the stopped/barely moving traffic. (this is not verbatim)

It mentions a few other things that I have forgotten but one thing I do remember.....if you get in an accident while lane splitting it will most like be deemed as your fault. I didn't like that at all!!! That means if an idiot doesn't look over his/her shoulder and/or doesn't signal before lane changing and you nail the idiot...it's your fault!!!!????
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CA, but das it. Texas almost got there, but the language didn't work for em in the bill.

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None, in actuality. In Cali they don't have a specifc law that states you can't lane split...so everyone just assumes you can.
WoodK is right. I grew up in SoCal, and rode there for years before I moved to the east coast.

Now... do you know why it's legal in CA??? (trivia)

During the 84 olimpics the CHP burnt up a bunch of the air cooled Kawi 1000's they were riding, becasue of heavy trafic. They passed the law letting bikes split lanes to keep the air flow over the engine.

Oh... it's NOT legal in PA.
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i know that in NJ and CA its legal.

Check out this website, it tells you the laws for each state.
http://home.ama-cycle.org/amaccess/l...t.asp?state=nj
Are you sure about NJ? I checked the AMA and it says "not referenced". Since it doesnt explicitly state "no", is it legal to do so in "safe and prudent manner" like CA?
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One of the most practical things about motorcycles besides there great fuel economy is the ability to split lanes. I commute to work on side streets and I split lanes at almost every stop light. It can be done very safely at stop lights, since the cars are locked in and unable to change lanes, a bit riskier on a congested freeway however. What is the reasoning behind not allowing it, in those other states?

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In most states that the subject has been discussed by the law makers a neutral stance has been taken. The reason most often given for this is that there is no data for or against the safety of lane splitting, and legislators, regardless of their reputation, typically don't like making or ammending laws without a good reason.
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Its questionable in Idaho.
When I checked the books, I can't find any law specifically against it. The motorcycle license handbook tells you to discourage others from lane splitting but doesn't actually say that its illegal. I've gotta find an officer and ask sometime.

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During the 84 olimpics the CHP burnt up a bunch of the air cooled Kawi 1000's they were riding, becasue of heavy trafic. They passed the law letting bikes split lanes to keep the air flow over the engine.
I didn't know that it was specific to CHP... interesting to say the least.

Not currently legal in Massachusetts, however there is talk about introducing legislation that would permit motorcycles to share the lane, similar to the law on the California books.

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I would hate living in a state that doesn’t allow it. Honestly thou, you guys that live in states that outlaw lane splitting, do you still do it?

I just cant imagine sitting in gridlock traffic because of some accident up the road, looking at all the space in-between the cages and not being able to make use of it because some Winnie in government that never been on a bike in his life thinks it is too dangerous. Hell if your worried about safety what don’t you outlaw unprotected left turns instead!!

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It's definetely not legal to do it in NJ...

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