Lane Splitting Guidelines Removed by California Highway Patrol

July 25, 2014

The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that state officials were concerned the guidelines for so-called lane splitting could be misconstrued as enforceable laws.

California is the only state in the country that allows the maneuver. The guidelines were published on the CHP’s website last year.

motorcyclesThey advised motorcyclists to ride between vehicles at speeds no more than 10 miles-per-hour faster than the vehicles they were passing. They also suggested that motorcyclists not attempt the move at full freeway speeds, or in any traffic going faster than 30 mph.

Nick Haris, with the American Motorcyclist Association, said he was disappointed to see the guidelines removed so quickly.

Latest Comments

  • August 11, 2014 at 7:58 am
    Joe says:
    “White Lining” is stupid. One of the worst parts of driving in California was dealing with the motorcyclists. They just assumed it was all their road. The ever present stu... read more
  • July 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    California Resident says:
    I've lived in California for over 30 years and I think it's moronic that the state allows lane-splitting. Many vehicle drivers don't use turn signals before changing lanes and... read more
  • July 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm
    vanos954 says:
    I believe intentionally causing an accident and possibly injury to another human being simply because you are either A) ignorant or B)jealous you are sitting in traffic while ... read more
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