Lane Splitting vs lane filtering

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Sir Lex, Aug 7, 2006.

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    Sir Lex Guest

    Sir Lex, Aug 7, 2006
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    J5 Guest

    more so its the same thing

    just depends on where you live

    like sandels and jandels hey bro ;)
    J5, Aug 7, 2006
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    BGN Guest

    I think the Septics call filtering 'splitting lanes' which would
    appear to be illegal in the land of the free.
    BGN, Aug 7, 2006
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    CrazyCam Guest

    It's sort of like the difference between a freedom fighter and a
    terrorist, it depends on whose side you are on.

    Lane splitting is nasty, anti-social, illegal and (very probably)
    immoral, while filtering is sensible, ecologically sound, legal and
    helps traffic flow.

    Other than that, same thing.

    CrazyCam, Aug 7, 2006
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    Peter Guest

    Absolute classic!
    Peter, Aug 7, 2006
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    I'd never even heard the term "lane filtering" until a year or two ago and
    I assumed it was Pommy.
    Knobdoodle, Aug 7, 2006
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    Skeltrex Guest

    Both lane splitting and lane filtering are perfectly legal in
    Queensland so long as you follow certain guidelines:
    1. ride wholly within a lane (i.e. not along the line)
    2. indicate when changing lanes
    3. do not cross over the stop line when pulling up to the traffic

    Lane filtering is officially encouraged by Brisbane City Council - even
    though they have no jurisdiaction. Lane filtering has been defined by
    MRAQ as moving between stationary or slow moving traffic. It's not just
    bikes that do it. Last St Patrick's day, it was heartening to see the
    co-operation of the traffic on congested Ann Street, Brisbane moving
    aside to let an ambulance - sirens wailing and lights flashing - do a
    lane split from Queen Street to Roma Street. :cool:

    Lane splitting/filtering is a socially responsible way of permitting
    motorcylists to enhance their own safety by getting ahead of the pack
    of traffic that would otherwise run them down.

    Skeltrex (Bill)
    Skeltrex, Aug 7, 2006
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    BGN Guest

    I've never heard of lane filtering either, we just call it

    <grabs DSA riding handbook>


    The small size of a motorcycle makes it possible to filter through
    slow or stationary queues of traffic.* Filtering requires great care
    and can expose you to additional hazards. You must comply with The
    Highway Code** and when filtering you need to:

    ) Ride slowly and be prepared to stop
    ) Watch for
    - vehicles suddenly changing lane
    - sudden opening of doors
    - padestrians and cyclists
    - vehicles emerging or turning at junctions
    - road markings or studs which could upset your balance
    ) be ready to brake ando/or use the horn if you don't think you've
    been seen.

    Remember other road users may not be expecting a filtering motorcycle.
    Make yourself easy to see by wearing bright clothing and use your
    headlamp on dipped beam.

    * They appear to make no mention of what to do when filtering on
    motorways at 120mph.

    ** The Highway Code ( makes no mention of the
    word 'filtering' so I assume they refer mostly to riding responsibly
    and overtaking.
    BGN, Aug 7, 2006
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    BGN Guest

    Why can't one ride along the line in Oz? Surely it makes it easier to
    squeeze between vehicles and assists balance in that you're not always
    moving left and right to get into a lane?
    BGN, Aug 7, 2006
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    Sir Lex Guest


    I'll stick to calling it lane filtering then!



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    Sir Lex, Aug 8, 2006
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    JL Guest

    You're making the fatal mistake of assuming rationality on the part of
    the government

    JL, Aug 8, 2006
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Fark; you must live in a civilised country to actually have it written in
    handbooks! [What's a DSA?]
    Knobdoodle, Aug 8, 2006
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    Nev.. Guest

    Maybe the riders over there just aren't smart enough to think of doing
    it without being told about it.

    '04 CBR1100XX
    Nev.., Aug 8, 2006
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Errm; I think our handbooks say that you should indicate, you should avoid
    crashes and you shouldn't proceed across train-lines when the lights are
    flashing Nev.
    It may be a bit early to be grabbing the high-ground....
    Knobdoodle, Aug 8, 2006
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    BGN Guest

    The DSA is the Driving Standards Agency. They're a government body
    who set the theory, hazard perception video and practical vehicle
    licence tests.

    So... if you learn to drive a car, on your practical test day a peep
    from the DSA sits in the passenger side and instructs you on the route
    or all that.

    The DSA's "Riding, The Essential Skills" is a book which learners may
    wish to read (although it's not a requirement) which has some advice
    and the 'correct' method to do things which will enable you to pass
    your test.
    BGN, Aug 8, 2006
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    Mad-Biker Guest

    yes, splitting means you end up in two pieces,

    filtering means that some bikes are filtered out and don't make it.

    next question
    Mad-Biker, Aug 9, 2006
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