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Lane splitting introduced in Washington State.

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by JohnnyD, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. I can guarantee this. Without lane sharing we will have twice the dead numbers. We simply have to get out of the way of the texters. The driver's of cars driven by these bozos seem to not care. They drive until they hit the car in front of them. Splitting gets us out of harms way.
     
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  2. Just needed to vent after the ride to work this morning. I was rear ended today (on my birthday no less) by a lady in her SUV not paying a attention in stop and go traffic. Luckily the bike stayed up and has minimal damage and all my lights still work. License plate was bent but not much else. I split lanes in California for 6 years; most of the time during rush hour. I had plenty of close calls, some my fault, some not. But I never had a single accident with another vehicle in that time. I've been in Washington all of 2 months and I'm in my first accident ever.
     

  3. Dang I'm sorry. At least you or your bike didn't suffer too much damage. What the driver tell you afterwards? I'm curious if she had an excuse or something.

    It really is frustrating. The bill here gets blocked because ONE person (chair of the transportation committee, Judy Clibborn) doesn't want to bring it to the house for a hearing. So even though it passes the senate (at least 2 years in a row now) it can't be democratically voted on because she ALONE decides "Eh, I don't support it, so I won't hear it in the house". Then we wait another ENTIRE year which is not a short amount of time, by any means, before it can be debated on again.

    I split in limited situations. I will filter to front of a light if it has just turned red and I know I have plenty of time to get up there. There is no sense waiting 10 years of my life for legislatures to see the light.
     
  4. Thanks. Well I was more towards her passenger side (right side of lane) so my guess is she wasn't paying attention, saw the car in front of her moving, but not my bike DIRECTLY in front of her NOT moving. It felt like she just eased off the brake right into my rear end. I felt it happen and reacted how you'd expect when your 5 month old, $16k dream bike gets hit. I blew the f***k up!!! Once we pulled over though I calmed down a lot. I think the level of angry that I was at directly related to the damage on my bike. She was shaking and apologizing the whole time so hopefully it scared her enough to pay attention from now on....wishful thinking I know..

    It's really unfortunate that one person's opinion holds sway over all of us. Ironically, the reason I was over to the right in the lane was because I was considering splitting lanes but decided to hold off. Some people get really upset when they see you splitting lanes what's up with that?
     
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  5. What's up guys? i haven't been here in over a year. I see not much has changed :)
    In regards to lane splitting and pass-through traffic, we've had it in CA (San Diego) for awhile now and it's successful. Although people are much more aggressive in driving compared to WA state, they're also a lot better at driving.
     
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