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Early 2013, The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced new lane splitting guidelines on www.chp.ca.gov. Their list of safety tips is really more specific than “general” as it gives you a technical definition of what lane splitting is, before even getting into lane splitting “best practices”.
As defined by the CHP, “the term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering orwhite-lining, refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a traffic light.”
This practice is not illegal within the State of California, however the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) – a program run by the CHP, strongly suggests that only experienced motorcyclists attempt lane splitting.
According to the CMSP-CHP, drivers should take the following precautions:
While you’re traveling on a motorcycle, whether you’re lane splitting, or taking a leisurly ride – always remember the “4 R’s of Be-Attitudes”:
Be Reasonable. Be Responsible. Be Respectful. Beware Roadways.
Following these steps provided by CMSP-CHP will increase your ability to ride safely while using lane splitting techniques, however are not guaranteed to keep you safe.