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1 California Lane Splitting Overview Surj Gish - August 2014

2 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com Lane Splitting in California What is lane splitting? Let’s talk legality & legislation Why split lanes? But isn’t it dangerous? How to split lanes the smart way What’s the status of splitting in California? OTS 2014 Lane Share Survey Preview

3 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com What is Lane Splitting? CHP definitions: Splitting: a process whereby a vehicle moves between stopped or slower moving traffic in a safe and reasonable manner. Sharing: two vehicles, moving or static, which are side by side within the same lane. Filtering: a vehicle slowly moving between stopped traffic to reach the front. In other words: riding between cars.

4 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com Legality & Legislation Legal in California only. SB 350 proposed by Senator Jim Beall would have limited splitting to certain circumstances—bill abandoned to “evaluate how well the guidelines work and as well as their effectiveness, which may obviate the need for any legislation.” Recent legislation in Nevada (AB236) nearly passed. Bills in other states haven’t made it out of committee. Lane splitting is common and accepted in much of the rest of the world.

5 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com Why Split Lanes? Riders who split lanes are nearly immune to traffic—we get to our destinations more quickly. Splitting helps prevent rear end crashes. Hypothetical reduction in commute times for all road users. A Belgian analysis found that replacing 10% of traffic with motorcycles could reduce traffic congestion by a much higher percentage. It’s fun! (don’t tell anyone I said this)

6 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com But Isn’t it Dangerous? Splitting lanes removes some risks, and adds others—risk management is paramount. OTS-funded SafeTREC study found that lane splitting crashes result in fewer and less severe injuries than overall average across all motorcycle crashes. Half the average fatality rate: 1.5% vs 3% Head injury: 9.4% vs 16.3% overall average No injury: 32% versus 18.9% overall average ZERO reported fatalities of rider was adhering to CHP guidelines

7 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com How to Split Lanes the Smart Way It’s simple! The CHP guidelines provided a very good place to start. Maintain 360 degree awareness at all times. Take it easy—don’t rush. You’re already going faster than traffic. Keep your speed differential reasonable. A 10 MPH delta is a good guideline. Don’t split when traffic is moving quickly. Be a good ambassador!

8 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com Status Update CHP guidelines have been taken down due to a petition to the Office of Administrative Law stating that CHP was creating “underground regulations.” CHP says they remain committed to rider safety and will not make any changes to enforcement around lane splitting. No legislation on the horizon, that we know of. Lack of CHP guidelines leaves a vacuum—no “official POV” to reference. More than ever, it’s important to be a good ambassador.

9 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com 2014 OTS Lane Share Survey Preview 71.4% of riders surveyed split on roads other than freeways, a 10.3% increase compared to % of riders split on both freeways and other roadways, an increase of 7.5% compared to the There was a marked reduction in the number of riders splitting at speed differentials over 15 MPH. 60.7% of drivers now state that lane splitting on freeways is legal, a significant increase of 5.2% in the awareness of the lane-splitting legality over Driver perception of lane-splitting legality on multiple-lane roads (non-freeway) has significantly increased by 8.3% between 2013 and 2014, from 44.0% to 52.3%. However, while the number of drivers who believe splitting is legal on both freeways and multi-lane roads increased 9.7% over 2013, this segment is still only 46.3% of drivers surveyed.

10 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com 2014 OTS Lane Share Survey Preview

11 California Lane Splitting Overview - August 2014© 2014 LaneSplittingIsLegal.com 2014 OTS Lane Share Survey Preview

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