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Safety of Citizens
CHP stuck in the middle on motorcycle lane-splitting
CHP stuck in the middle on motorcycle lane-splitting

The California Highway Patrol has withdrawn its safety guidance on motorcycle lane-splitting. The law enforcement agency two weeks ago quietly removed from its website a series of recommendations for riders using the popular traffic-avoidance practice, one often reviled by automobile drivers. Lane-splitting, or lane-filtering, is the term used to describe motorcyclists riding in the space between lanes, usually on freeways, and usually when the traffic has slowed or stopped.  In March 2013 the CHP appeared to take a position on the controversial practice, and issued a handful of hints on lane-splitting. While not explicitly recommending the practice, the agency gave riders...