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Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby fxlnll » Wed May 15, 2013 12:20 pm

Shouldn't the headline be motorcyclist runs into car!!!!! He was driving 30mph faster than traffic

By RANDI ROSSMANN
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.
While riding his motorcycle between slowed Highway 101 traffic Wednesday morning south of Petaluma, a Petaluma man was hit by a car when the driver changed lanes, according to the CHP.


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Rider Michael Colglazier, 23, was thrown onto the highway shoulder.

He was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries, said the CHP.

The southbound collision, south of Kastania Road, occurred at about 6:50 a.m.

The morning commute was building and the collision created extensive traffic congestion, said the CHP.

Colglazier had been traveling at about 40 mph between the two highway lanes. Traffic was moving at about 10 mph, according to reports.

Driver Robert Bowman, 33, of Fairfax said he didn't see the rider coming up between the lanes.

He was beginning to move into the next lane when he struck the motorcycle.
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby walk2k » Wed May 15, 2013 3:29 pm

agreed.

http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/lanesplitguide.html

1) Travel at a speed that is no more than 10 MPH faster than other traffic
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby walk2k » Wed May 15, 2013 3:53 pm

also lane "splitting" is NOT LEGAL, the CHP web site is WRONG on this point.

lane "sharing" could technically be called legal (2 vehicles sharing a lane) as long as both vehicles are contained entirely within one lane.

lane "splitting" or riding between 2 lanes is NOT LEGAL.

V C Section 21658 Laned Roadways
Laned Roadways

21658. Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, the following rules apply:

(a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.

(b) Official signs may be erected directing slow-moving traffic to use a designated lane or allocating specified lanes to traffic moving in the same direction, and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of the traffic device.
Amended Ch. 450, Stats. 1975. Effective January 1, 1976.



100% not legal to ride between 2 lanes period. CHP web site is wrong.
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby OB1 » Wed May 15, 2013 5:58 pm

Sorry for the long winded cut and paste but I thought it important folks could simply read directly what is posted on the CHP website. It seems they clearly state these are "Guidelines" for lane splitting and not "Law." Lane splitting has always been a sore spot and continues to show its ugly head.

I'm certain lane splitting is here to stay, often I reflect to the times a CHP motorcycle has gone past in a flash as they "split" the lane between me and the now scared straight driver next to me.

Notice it's only against the "Law" to get in the way of a motorcycle splitting the lane.

Yikes


Lane Splitting General Guidelines

Lane splitting in a safe and prudent manner is not illegal in the state of California.

The term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering or white-lining, refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a traffic light.

Motorcyclists who are competent enough riders to lane split, should follow these general guidelines if choosing to lane split:

1) Travel at a speed that is no more than 10 MPH faster than other traffic – danger increases at higher speed differentials.

- A speed differential of 10 miles per hour or less allows an alert, competent rider enough time to identify and react to most dangerous situations that can occur.

- The greater the speed differential, the less time a rider has to identify and react to a hazard.



2) It is not advisable to lane split when traffic flow is at 30 mph or faster --- danger increases as overall speed increases.

- At just 20 mph, in the 1 or 2 seconds it takes a rider to identify a hazard, that rider will travel approximately 30 to 60 feet before even starting to take evasive action. Actual reaction (braking or swerving) will take additional time and distance.

- Braking and stopping distance varies greatly based on a multitude of factors (rider, machine and environment).

- As speed increases, crash severity increases.



3) Typically, it is safer to split between the #1 and #2 lanes than between other lanes.

- Other road users are more accustomed to motorcycles splitting between the #1 and #2 (furthest left) lanes.

- Avoid splitting in lanes near freeway on-ramps and exits.

- Avoid splitting lanes when another motorcycle rider is splitting between other nearby lanes as cars may make additional room for one rider and accidentally reduce space for another.



4) Consider the total environment in which you are splitting, including the width of the lanes, size of surrounding vehicles, as well as roadway, weather, and lighting conditions.

- Some lanes are narrower than others, leaving little room to pass safely. If you can't fit, don't split.

- Some vehicles are wider than others -- it is not advisable to split near wide trucks. If you can't fit, don't split.

- Know the limitations of your motorcycle --- wide bars, fairing and bags require more space between vehicles. If you can't fit, don't split.

- Avoid splitting on unfamiliar roads to avoid surprises such as poor road surfaces.

- Seams in the pavement or concrete between lanes can be hazardous if they are wide or uneven.

- Poor visibility, due to darkness or weather conditions, makes it difficult for riders to see road hazards and makes it more difficult for drivers to see you.

- Help drivers see you by wearing brightly colored protective gear and using high beams during daylight.



5) Be alert and anticipate possible movements by other road users.

- Be very aware of what the cars around you are doing. If a space, or gap, opens up next to your lane, be prepared react accordingly.

- Always be prepared to take evasive action if a vehicle changes lanes.

- Account for inattentive or distracted drivers.

- Riders should not weave back and forth between lanes or ride on top of the line.

- Riders should avoid lingering in blind spots.

- Never ride while impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue.

- Constantly scan for changing conditions.



The Four R's or “Be-Attitudes” of Lane Splitting:

Be Reasonable, be Responsible, be Respectful, be aware of all Roadway and traffic conditions.

- Be Reasonable means not more than 10 MPH faster than traffic flow and not over 39 MPH.


- Be Responsible for your own safety and decisions.

Don't put yourself in dangerous positions.
If you can't fit, don't split.

- Be Respectful --- sharing the road goes both ways.
Don't rely on loud pipes to keep you safe, loud pipes often startle people and poison the attitude of car drivers toward motorcyclists.
Other vehicles are not required to make space for motorcycles to lane split.

- Be aware Roadways and traffic can be hazardous.
uneven pavement
wide trucks
distracted drivers
weather conditions
curves
etc.


Disclaimers:

These general guidelines are not guaranteed to keep you safe.

Lane splitting should not be performed by inexperienced riders. These guidelines assume a high level of riding competency and experience.

The recommendations contained here are only general guidelines and cannot cover all possible combinations of situations and variables.

Personal Safety: Every rider has ultimate responsibility for his or her own decision making and safety. Riders must be conscious of reducing crash risk at all times. California law requires all motorcycle riders and passengers wear a helmet that complies with the DOT FMVSS 218 standard.

Risk of getting a ticket: Motorcyclists who lane split are not relieved of the responsibility to obey all existing traffic laws. With respect to possible law enforcement action, keep in mind that it will be up to the discretion of the Law Enforcement Officer to determine if riding behavior while lane splitting is or was safe and prudent.



When is it NOT OK to split?

You should NOT lane split:

- If you can't fit.

- At a toll booth.

- If traffic is moving too fast or unpredictably.

- If dangerous road conditions exist --- examples include water or grit on the road, slippery road markings, road construction, uneven pavement, metal grates, etc.

- If you cannot clearly see a way out of the space you're going into (for example, if a van or SUV is blocking your view).

- Between trucks, buses, RVs, and other wide vehicles.

- Around or through curves.

- If you are not fully alert and aware of your surroundings.

- If you are unable to react to changing conditions instantaneously.

- If you don't feel comfortable with the situation.


Messages for Other Vehicle Drivers
1) Lane splitting by motorcycles is not illegal in California when done in a safe and prudent manner.

2) Motorists should not take it upon themselves to discourage motorcyclists from lane splitting.

3) Intentionally blocking or impeding a motorcyclist in a way that could cause harm to the rider is illegal (CVC 22400).

4) Opening a vehicle door to impede a motorcycle is illegal (CVC 22517).

5) Never drive while distracted.

6) You can help keep motorcyclists and all road users safe by

Checking mirrors and blind spots, especially before changing lanes or turning
Signaling your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
Allowing more following distance, three or four seconds, when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby fxlnll » Wed May 15, 2013 8:16 pm

walk2k wrote:also lane "splitting" is NOT LEGAL, the CHP web site is WRONG on this point.

lane "sharing" could technically be called legal (2 vehicles sharing a lane) as long as both vehicles are contained entirely within one lane.

lane "splitting" or riding between 2 lanes is NOT LEGAL.

V C Section 21658 Laned Roadways
Laned Roadways

21658. Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic in one direction, the following rules apply:

(a) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practical entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.

(b) Official signs may be erected directing slow-moving traffic to use a designated lane or allocating specified lanes to traffic moving in the same direction, and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of the traffic device.
Amended Ch. 450, Stats. 1975. Effective January 1, 1976.



100% not legal to ride between 2 lanes period. CHP web site is wrong.


As much as I would like that to be true, you are wrong. If it was true they would be giving tickets out left and right. But they don't and they even talk about it when on the radio
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby whippis » Thu May 16, 2013 7:27 am

I believe CA is the only state in the Union to allow motorcycles to do move between cars in slowed traffic- whatever you call it. All other states require them to sit in there spot as if they were cars.

Maybe the other 49 have something there.
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby fxlnll » Thu May 16, 2013 10:13 am

I believe the original reason was that motorcycles were air cooled and over heated in traffic. But now that must are not anymore, it should be banned.
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby airace123 » Fri May 17, 2013 8:47 am

I'm not sure why people who are driving cars are calling for a ban on lane splitting. When is the last time a motorcyclist splitting a lane caused bodily injury to the person driving the car? I would rather take my chances splitting lanes than have someone texting rear end me in traffic. It's unbelievable to me why people who drive cars are trying to get this banned. Is it jealously? Is it lack of anything better to do in their lives? Try traveling to a different country and look at their motorcycle traffic rules...oh wait there are none.

I see a rear end in traffic everyday on the way home from work. Why would I want to subject the motorcyclist to that risk?
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby wanderer » Fri May 17, 2013 12:39 pm

I ride a bike and lane split. there is a reason it's legal to do. granted. i think this guy was going a little fast per the guidelines set forth by the chp, but as a driver in a car, do you not check your mirror plus look over your shoulder before switching lanes? i know it is dangerous splitting, but lots of things are., cars, keep your eyes open please...
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Re: Motorcyclist hit by car, injured on Highway 101 in Petaluma

Postby JP69 » Fri May 17, 2013 12:55 pm

I won't say to much here, cause there are quite a few comments. But to the one who talked about air cooled bikes, your right they have to keep moving or risk overheating. We have a 96 Harley that is air cooled, so on extremely hot days or in heavy traffic we to split lanes. Its the riders that do so eradically that can cause problems, but for the most part I agree with some of the quotes some people are just jealous because they have to sit there while a motorcycle can cruise right on down the road. That's why cars swerve and such because they are pissed! Go buy a motorcycle if you don't like to sit it traffic, its much better on gas that's for sure.
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