As motorcyclists, we must always be attentive to the traffic
in front, behind, on both sides and oncoming. Our awareness is part
of what keeps us alive as we enjoy our rides. This awareness has also
sharpened my driving skills. I frequently look to see how the traffic
is moving, who is on the phone (they are usually not paying attention
to the road) and watching out for motorcycles. Anticipating the stupid
moves of other drivers is starting to become a hobby.
However, imagine my reaction when, not once, but twice this
month (while driving) I observed two (rather mature) motorcyclists on
separate occasions, lane split. One of the riders (with a passenger)
repeatedly lane split every time traffic stopped for a red light. The
other motorcyclists simply rode between the cars right to the front
of the intersection.
What were they thinking? The traffic was light. Impatient?
Stupid? UGH. All I could think was this does nothing to endear motorcyclists
to drivers. Not to mention dangerous. What if a car decided to move
to another lane? The driver is not expecting a motorcycle to come up
between the cars. Yes, there are some states (like California ) that
allow lane splitting. NJ does not. Or at least lane splitting is not
referenced in the NJ Administrative Code or Statutes. None of us like
to sit in traffic, but hey, living in NJ, it's part of life.
It is hard enough to watch the young kids on the sport bikes
speeding and weaving through traffic with shorts, sneakers, t-shirts
and full face helmets. Be responsible. It could save your life.
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