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CHP posts rules for motorcycle lane-splitting

4:51 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has created the first written guidelines on motorcycle "lane-splitting," the maneuver by which cyclists pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them.  

The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that California is the only state that allows lane-splitting. Until now, there have never been safety guidelines for the polarizing practice that often pits motorcycles against cars and trucks.  

The guidelines say motorcyclists can ride between two cars if there is room, but only at speeds no more than 10 miles-per-hour faster than the vehicles they're passing.  

The rules also say that motorcyclists should not attempt the move at full freeway speeds, or in any traffic going faster than 30 mph. 

The guidelines come as the number of motorcyclists in California have risen, as well as the number of motorcycle crashes.

The Associated Press

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