Motorcycle lane-splitting is gaining acceptable according to a recent study.
Conducted each year since 2012, the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center at the University of California, Berkeley has released its most recent findings, which reports 80.6 percent of riders split lanes on freeways, 70.4 percent on non-freeways and 62.1 percent on both. But not only is the act becoming more frequent on roadways in California where it is legal, it is also safer according to recent statistics.
In 2012, 8.6 percent of riders reported they were hit by a vehicle on the freeway while the most recent study showed a decrease to 4.7 percent. Non-freeway motorcyclists saw the largest drop in lane-splitting accidents, dropping to just two percent this year from 7.4 percent in 2013 and 8.3 percent in 2012.
The rate of acceptance by drivers has also risen with 46.3 percent believing lane-splitting is legal on both freeways and non-freeways, up from 2013’s 36.6 percent. This year’s study surveyed a total of 1,660 people, broken down by 951 drivers and 709 riders across 35 cities in 12 counties around the Bay Area and Southern California.
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