I recently watched a video report from a local TV news channel in San Diego, that you can see by clicking here, and then searching on lane splitting.
It was surprising to me that most cagers (people in cars) did not realize that lane splitting is legal in the State of California. On a personal level, this would explain the reactions I get from people when I lane split. Some cars actually will try to cut off the lane, or honk at you as you go by in between lanes.
Hell I know what it is like to be in a car in bumper to bumper traffic, wishing I was on my motorcycle and so forth, but road rage does not explain what I have seen on the road. If most cagers do not know that lane splitting is legal, they may think in their own sick way that they are doing a public good by cutting us off or honking at us when we are doing a completely legal activity such as lane splitting.
I am calling on all bikers, biker websites, the AMA, MSF, ABATE of California, and anyone else involved in the motorcycle community to help educate the public.
Motorcyclists in the State of California are legally allowed to ride in between lanes or lane split. People in cars have no right to intentionally cut off motorcycles that are lane splitting, and should not be honking at us when we are lane splitting.
If a cager wants to get out of bumper to bumper traffic, then buy a motorcycle.
By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2007