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:+1 however I do not agree with the helmet requirement. :BEER:Matt
Cloud,Honestly don't know what to think. Local big truck cagers likely would take stern offense to being weaved and left behind at a light?
Not only that but didn't we just have an indicant where a young lady blew her horn because someone dared to passed her. :wife: When the shoot out was over the girls mother had been killed. I think lane splitting would be of benefit to all. I know things like that are somewhat rare and get a lot of attention in the media but ....... :BEER:Matt
I don't do it. I think it's rude. Please don't flame me!
Why do you think it is "rude"?
I consider it 'queue jumping'. That's just my opinion. I'm not against it, I just don't do it. ;D
Living in the UK, I will "filter" whenever the opportunity arises and it's safe to do so as it's legal and generally expected. My understanding of what constitutes lane splitting may be different to yours and is not what I would call filtering. To me, "filtering" is filtering to the front of a stationary or slow moving traffic queue probably at no more than say 25MPH. Lane splitting is riding at speed between two lanes of fast moving traffic. Once traffic speeds have increased so that vehicles are no longer queuing the police can view lane splitting as a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre. A friend was pulled for going up "death alley" at 70mph (at least) between two lanes of traffic doing 50ish on the motorway.So, all is not sweetness and light! Many drivers will actually move out of your way, if they can, to let you filter and I always acknowledge them. Sometimes a vehicle will obstruct my progress. Usually it's just because I've not been seen but, sometimes it's a deliberate blocking action and I've seen cars move accross to do it. Some drivers here wrongly think filtering is illegal or dangerous and some are just dicks who don't want to see you make progress while they have to sit in traffic. If you have a bump while filtering insurance companies will not say you had the right of way and blame a car driver. The best you're likely to get is a 50/50 blame decision.My father was civil engineer designing roads, bridges and the like. He explained how in cities filtering increases rush hour traffic flow. Bikes filter to the front of a queue, say at traffic lights. When the lights go green the bikes are quickeroff the mark and go ahead without holding up the cars. They might have to filter again but then the process repeats itself. If they don't filter they just add to the queue and increase polution. He used to filter on his C70 Honda.
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