Way different from California. Similarities but way different. There are no intersections on freeways, although the traffic stops regularly for various, or no apparent reason. The rule is you shouldn't split lanes (filter) if traffic is going faster than 45 and you shouldn't go any more than 5mph faster than the moving vehicle. (Generally speaking).riders are allowed to slip between 2 lanes of traffic, traveling in the same direction, that are stopped at an intersection
Right on! Having seen how well it works in Europe and doing it myself for 3 1/2 years in and out of London, I could not agree more. As to the concern of cages turning in to you, I learned early on that you constantly watch the front wheels and drivers hands, where possible. Where those wheels go, so goes the cage and it doesn't make any difference if your threading or not. When cages are going slow or stopped, it is quite easy to catch the intentions of the driver by the front wheels orientation. Make it a habit, especially while threading traffic.It's not about saving time (as much) it's about saving lives. For starters here's why I think Utah does sound very much like California: it's the exact same thing only in California they allow for even more safety by adding something extra that Utah does not. So here's the proof: a study was done comparing motorcycle accidents and fatalities in three heavily populated states with warm climates for year round riding. These three were chosen to eliminate variables inherent to smaller populated states with winters and non year round riding. The three states were FL, TX, and CA. And what they found was 30% fewer motorcyclists killed on California roads. Why? Because the bikes were not in the spaces where cars crash into them. If you're going 15-20 mph IN a lane of stop and go traffic then you are in a prime location to be rear ended. If you get in between lanes and go 5 mph faster than the car that would rear end you will never be in a position to do so. If you get off the freeway and approach an intersection IN a lane the the car approaching you from the rear can smash into you shoving you into the car in front of you or if you're first in line into cross moving traffic. Ouch. If you get inbetween lanes and filter to the front, you're not occupying a space that said car will smash into you.
Drivers in California and all over the world have figured it out, the rest of America can too. I realize we got a lot of stupid people in America who just can't stand the idea of someone else getting a decent law and freedom that doesn't benefit them and will get all pissy and try and throw garbage out the window or open their door to try and kill their fellow citizen. And sooner or later they will get punched in the face or arrested for attempted murder. I can predict when a car will try and do something stupid, because I always assume they will. So when they do, prediction came true. It keeps me alive. Legal lane splitting would certainly help. Reduce my chances by 30% anyway.