Depending on who you ask, you’re bound to find a different opinion when it comes to lane splitting. Some view it as a dangerous and obnoxious practice (evidence #1- see the recent, viral video below), while others view it as an all too often disrespected right that belongs to bikers.
Currently, across the United States, there are only a few areas that actually allow the move (with the most notable being California). But even in these areas, lane splitting hasn’t officially been deemed a “legal practice.”
In fact, most states and/or associations refuse to issue a blanket statement that would apply to all riders concerning the legality of the issue. Even the American Motorcyclist Association, which would presumably be the natural defender of lane splitting, won’t come out and 100% support making it fully legal or illegal.
Instead, the official AMA website says, “Taking into consideration that the vast majority of the motoring public does not ride motorcycles, we are certain non-motorcyclists do not understand the risks and the benefits of lane splitting to the riding community.”
“The AMA endorses rider responsibility and actions that make roadways safer for motorcyclists. While research and evidence suggest that lane splitting may reduce a motorcyclist’s risk exposure somewhat, we are cautious to issue a blanket endorsement supporting the practice.”
So, what do you think? Should lane splitting be made legal?