Blog Archive
October 2018

Riding a motorcycle between lanes is legal in California (lane splitting)

If you drive a car or truck in California, please read the following:

Lane splitting (motorcycles driving in the space between traffic lanes on public roads and freeways) is legal in the state of California. CHP recently stated very clearly that —just as it is expected from motorcyclists to lane-split responsibly— drivers of cars and trucks have responsibilities too. It’s illegal to intentionally block or impede a motorcyclist from lane splitting, including by opening a vehicle door. CHP also says that vehicles in the far-left lane should move to the left part of the lane so motorcycles have room to pass on their right safely.

Lane Splitting in California

The new CHP guidelines also include the following tips:
  • Check mirrors and blind spots, especially before changing lanes or turning...