Yes or no?
Should be legal?
Under what conditions?
Not to be confused with high speed lane splitting.
I agree that lane splitting is dangerous. However, this video was advocating lane filtering, which is a totally different concept. It is done at lower speeds, allowing motorcycles and scooters to arrive at stoplights ahead of cars and trucks, thus allowing for a smoother, more efficient traffic flow. Most of the world allows this, and it works very well. Canada and the U.S. are behind the curve, in my opinion.Lane splitting is illegal in New York. I am against it as there are too many squids that make it dangerous, for riders and cagers.
Don't get me wrong... I get the concept. But in real life there is no difference. The only way to "control" the filtering is to have special motorcycle lanes that bring them to the front. Otherwise, in the minds of cagers and riders its just lane splitting. I've seen cagers intentionally position their car so riders can't split. In some cases to intentionally cause harm. This sets up a scenario which has the potential to become confrontational. Just look at what happened in NYC the other day. Unfortunately, this happens every day in metropolitan cities. Its just the nature of the beast.I generally consider it filtering when the cars are already stopped or slowing for the stop. In that situation you're pretty safe unless they open a door quickly. Lane Splitting is to make continual progress through the traffic. Lane Filtering is to get up front and be first in line at the stop light. The bike pulls away quickly when the light goes green, leaving the cages behind. You gain time on the rest of the traffic at every red light. But you just ride with the traffic between the intersections.