The video certainly expounds their opinions but includes no facts. Even the statistic about reduced rear end collisions is not attributed to lane splitting in the reports. It seems a logical conclusion but the riders don't mention lane splitting could contribute to accidents. The Wikipedia article says, "However lane-splitting riders who were involved in collisions were also more than twice as likely to rear-end another vehicle." Yikes! How can they justify lane splitting when the cyclists are hitting other vehicles?I've never seen this video before today and it was the first one to pop up when I searched lane splitting correctly
How and Why Motorcycle Lane Splitting is Safe and Good - /RideApart - YouTube
Avoiding rear end collisions is easily done by checking mirrors when coming to a stop and having an escape route planned. So that is weak support for lane splitting. And there are not enough motorcycles to make a difference in congestion.
The best argument is that it saves the rider time. I can agree with that but the added risk and reduced safety margin just seems too big for the benefit.
I confess I live where it's not really a consideration and I can't make a decision for others. But there's no rule that cagers must leave room for lane splitting. Many riders take too many chances. This is more about being willing to take chances than about riding safely.
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