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March 23, 2016

US motorcyclists want lane splitting legalized in 50 states

American motorcyclists won’t give up and they continue their pressure on the government demanding that line splitting should be made legal in all the 50 continental states of the US. A petition has been placed on White House’s website. 100,000 are needed to sign the petition, which should be pretty easy considering the number of motorcyclists in the US. You don’t have to even own a motorcycle to sign the petition.

Lane splitting has always been a cause for heated debates for motorcyclists and other traffic members all over the world. The practice of stripe-riding is especially popular in big cities, because it allows motorcyclists to swiftly pass through traffic jams where other vehicles are reduced to a slow speed. It might look somewhat dangerous to split lanes, but drivers eventually get used to motorcyclists switching lanes.

There are strident supporters and opponents of lane splitting. The California Highway Patrol believe, for example, that correct lane splitting boosts traffic and provides safe and comfortable riding for motorcyclists. The Patrol cannot influence the legislation, of course, but they can provide institutional support and consultation for the authorities.

There can be all sorts of situations on the road. Usually when lane splitting is an accepted practice everybody leaves each other be. Some drivers, however, hate the fact that motorcyclists can ride while the former are stuck in a traffic jam. But generally the attitude is live and let live.

So motorcycle riders in the US choose to fight for their rights. If you support their claim, you can leave your vote here.

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