Lane Sharing

Lane Sharing

 

A couple of years ago, I was traveling through LA a couple of times a week, to and from the airport. During one of the initial trips I was driving in rush hour. By driving, I mean parked. At one point, when I began to move at probably 3-5 mph, a motorcycle blew past me. He was probably only going 15 mph or so, but is sure woke me out of my slumber. Thankfully, I was driving a rental car, and they believed me when I told them the seat was already that color. I can’t quite repeat the first thing that went through my mind, but it was not nice and did not reflect kindly on the rider’s intelligence. However, what he was doing was legal. At least in California. It is called lane splitting or lane sharing. I guess it is supposed to reduce congestion. Whatever. I still don’t like it. One positive aspect of it, is that it changed some of my driving behavior. Where I grew up, if you were hit from behind, it was almost a surety it was the other person’s fault. The result was that I usually didn’t pay attention to what was going on behind me. After experiencing this “lane splitting/sharing”, I began to look in my mirror a little more so as to ensure that I didn’t accidentally change lanes while a bike was approaching, and if I could, I would try and give them more room. However, I usually ended up with my stomach in a knot while I watched them shoot up the highway, just waiting for that one driver to open his car door. Just because it is legal does not mean it is a good idea.

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