By Ryan Adams
In crowded metropolises around the world, two-wheeled motorists flow through city streets packed to the brim with four-wheeled unfortunates impatiently waiting as traffic slows to a crawl en route to their destination. For those who haven’t come to terms with spending hours on end in their cages only to cover meager distances, traffic can be an incredibly frustrating experience. I’m getting myself worked up about it just typing this!
How can you free yourself from this life-draining monotony? Take it from us, the answer to what ails ya is almost always: buy a motorcycle (or scooter)! Then you can filter, lane share, or lane split your way to your destination in style and on time.
Oh yeah, but if you’re in the U.S. of A., you might also have to move. Lane sharing Stateside isn’t as prevalent in our vast country as it is in much of the rest of the world. There are a handful of states with pending legislation and Utah, Hawaii, and Montana have adopted forms of lane splitting, but California continues to be the only state where lane splitting is widely practiced.
Let’s take a closer look at the ins and outs of what it is and where it’s legal.
What is lane splitting?
Or lane sharing, or filtering? The terms are often used interchangeably so we’ll just use lane splitting from here on out. Lane splitting is, as stated in California’s AB 51: “driving a motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.” As mentioned before, guidelines or rules around these practices change in the few states that allow the maneuver, which we’ll get into below.