I’m back to highway riding again after getting my bike back. As I was commuting the other day, I had to remember all the highway skills I’d picked up over the years. With the news from other states talking about legalizing lane sharing I thought I’d hit the highway riding and lane sharing subject again.
One small clarification before I start – When I’m talking about ‘highway’ I mean the ‘superslab.’ That is, three or four lanes each direction of relatively straight concrete. As usual, these aren’t the only tips, the top tips, or the best tips for highway riding. I don’t claim to be an expert in anything. These are my tips to you or someone you know who might benefit from them. Let me know what you think in the comments.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.
At Two Slow, we take a benevolent view to most drivers. We know you’re not trying to kill us, you’re just driving a 4,000 pound, sound proof entertainment center. Hell, just the other day I saw a commercial where they were bragging about the noise reduction capability of their new truck’s cab. People don’t look for us on bikes, their brain isn’t trained to see anything smaller than a Honda CRV, they can’t hear us because their cars are hermetically sealed with double pane windows, and they’re too busy texting or talking on the phone to notice us trying to get to work.
Here in California, lane sharing (lane splitting, splitting traffic, et al) is legal as long it is done safely. The CHP has issued guidelines for motorcyclists and motorists to follow. Shockingly, however, I continually have non-riders ask me questions: “Do you split lanes?” “Isn’t that illegal?” “It’s unsafe, why do you do it?” “What should I do when I see a bike splitting?” “Why did that guy look/wave/glare at me?” “Why did that guy give me the finger?” And so and so forth. I can’t possibly cover every single situation or explain every single rider’s behavior (just like I don’t expect you to explain every driver’s behavior), but maybe we can come to some common ground. Read on to learn how to be a good lane sharing partner.