Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Fredrickson Washington
Gary, that attitude seems to be rampant amongst the proponents of lane splitting (younger folks). And I might add, geographically speaking most are in California. You're missing several points to consider. In no particular order:
1) There seems to be a consistent talk of THEIR ability to do it. I make no particular argument as to a younger guy's reflexes and abilities being better than mine. The reality of nature is that we all, ALL slow down as we age. It seems that some were pissed off that I should even suggest that they haven't the skills when in reality I wasn't even thinking about that. What I WAS thinking about is that they are not the only people on the road and allllllllllllllllllll those other people sharing the road with them can't have their reflexes, won't have their impatience, won't be looking for someone to come zooming up within arm's length of them and therefore CAN (not necessarily WILL) react badly such as grabbing the steering wheel abruptly causing the car to swerve into them. Studies be damned.
2) There also is a curious reliance upon the law, in and of itself, making them ultimately safe solely because its the law. Yet every single person alive has seen street laws broken on a daily basis. When was the last time I broke the law when driving? Yesterday. Speeding, doing 40 in a 35. The law is not a Star Trek deflector shield. As I have said before, there are a lot of people in the cemetery that didn't break any law but are still dead. Reliance solely upon the law to keep you safe is ill-advised. I carry concealed any number of handguns that I own because the law won't matter when someone is intent on harming you.
3) Lanes are painted on streets for a reason. They provide orderly movement of vehicles, provide safe buffer zones between moving vehicles, and give guidance of where your position on the road should be in order to proceed safely, such as corners or making turns for example. If we allow lane splitting then all of that goes away. There may as well be zero lanes marked in the streets. Imagine the chaos that would ensue.
4) Dove-tailed to #3, above, is the concept of buffer zones and escape routes. A few folks uttered how ticked off they get when a cager cuts them off or otherwise intrudes upon their "zone". I fully agree with that. I get just as torqued off as the next guy when someone does something to block my escape route or simply doesn't take into consideration their rudeness. We all, all of us want to be able to have some "flex" room around us so we can maneuver if needed. So to willfully enter into a confined space between lanes, allowing no escape routes, filled with TONS of bone crunching metal, all moving their own separate paths, and with drivers that run the full spectrum of driving abilities from good to "should-have-lost-license-years-ago", seems to be illogical thrill seeking at best.
But, people will disagree for various reasons. This appears to be largely a generational thing. I used to think my dad was an OLD idiot. Now I know better. So you have the skills to do this. So what? So you think the laws will save you. Guess what? For every reason a person can think of to allow this, I can think of two reason or scenarios to counter. And I am limiting myself to two counterpoints.
In the end it doesn't matter what we in this forum or any forum thinks. We don't change the laws anyway. If California has this legalized on the books then its another reason for me to bypass California in my travels. I've driven in Seoul, Korea and its insane! I have no desire to be anywhere near that here in the world (military slang for the USA, for those of you that don't know/blast from the past for you that do know it)
So Gary if that is your thing and you think its ok then press on. Its your life. Driving/riding is a symbiosis thing. Its all the different type vehicles roughly going in the same direction, desperately trying to get from point A to point B without bumping into anyone else. Driving/riding is dynamic. There are changes and movements all around. Whenever any unexpected change is injected into the orderly movement then unexpected results happen. This issue is NOT a motorcycle issue. It is NOT about riding abilities. To rely on incomplete studies when your experience and eyes tell you different..... well, enough said.
Note: You didn't piss me off.
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