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    Weird "lane sharing" question

    Riding in California, lane sharing is legal. I frequently do it, mostly at traffic lights etc, when traffic is stopped and I can move up to the front. So recently I was first at a traffic light, and got the wierd thought of "If I happened to be close to one side of the lane, and there was room, what prevents a CAR from sharing the lane with a motorcycle? I've never seen it happen, but I wondered if it ever happened to someone here. I looked up what the DMV has to say about sharing, and it mostly states that it's not safe, but neither is it illegal. It seems like a car wouldn't do it unless they were a motorcyclist that happened to be in a car, and knew it was legal. Has anyone ever had a car come up and share a lane with them?

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    Re: Weird "lane sharing" question

    It happens often on LA freeways! When cagers aren't paying attention or just feel they are bigger and so they have the right of way. Happened twice to me today. Once in Bakersfield and again in LA. The guy in LA on the 5 could care less that he forced me out of my lane. I know he saw me because I could see him in his own passenger door mirror. As I was half a bike length ahead of his front bumper he did it again into the lane I was in. OK off the true topic.

    On topic, I often change lanes to help cagers avoid being boxed in by a slower vehicle. I have had a car pull up next to me at lights a few times, which I'm fine with, as long as there is room!
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    Re: Weird "lane sharing" question

    Quote Originally Posted by rick piras
    ....what prevents a CAR from sharing the lane with a motorcycle??
    Lane position.
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    Re: Weird "lane sharing" question

    around here the biggest problem is that cagers just don't see you. I take the whole lane. There is no way a cage can "share" a lane with a bike. I make myself visible and make sure they know I am there.

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    Re: Weird "lane sharing" question

    Quote Originally Posted by rick piras
    Riding in California, lane sharing is legal. I frequently do it, mostly at traffic lights etc, when traffic is stopped and I can move up to the front. So recently I was first at a traffic light, and got the wierd thought of "If I happened to be close to one side of the lane, and there was room, what prevents a CAR from sharing the lane with a motorcycle? I've never seen it happen, but I wondered if it ever happened to someone here. I looked up what the DMV has to say about sharing, and it mostly states that it's not safe, but neither is it illegal. It seems like a car wouldn't do it unless they were a motorcyclist that happened to be in a car, and knew it was legal. Has anyone ever had a car come up and share a lane with them?
    Nothing stops it. The same law, or lack thereof, that enables you to share with them, allows them to share with you. Motorcyclists don't like it, but it's true.

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    Re: Weird "lane sharing" question

    Quote Originally Posted by Jester
    Lane position.
    Bingo. If you're stopped at the light with a full car's width next to you, nothing's in the books saying the car can't pull up to the white line next to you. Just be careful they don't pull up to the white line over you!
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    Re: Weird "lane sharing" question

    Quote Originally Posted by Jester
    Lane position.
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    Re: Weird "lane sharing" question

    I had this happen to me on the freeway a couple weeks back.
    Soccer mom in large van pulls up parallel to me and drives on oblivious.
    I tried going back in the lane next to her to point out what she did (this was ~15 mph bumper-to-bumper traffic on a slowed-to-a-crawl freeway on a weekend), and she continued NOT looking around her at all.
    Talk about "focussed" driving.
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    Re: Weird "lane sharing" question

    On the way home from my daughter's soccer practice tonight a PU which had just passed me who was #1 at the light, jinked right at the last second to create space for me in the middle. His window was open so I greeted him with a big, loud, "I saw that! Thank you!" He said he wished people would do the same for him when he rides.

    See there ARE a few good cage drivers out there! Most of them are riders though!

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