How is it that, as a motorcyclist, if I move through traffic by either going between two active lanes (lane splitting) or riding up the shoulder, it's a ticket-able offense, yet, if we were to take the motor out of the situation, and replace it with peddle-power, it's suddenly legal?
I've had my share of 'roadside debates' and been to court for this one a few times... and the reasoning is invariably always the same;
"When operating outside of your lane, you are at risk of other drivers 'unexpected maneuvers'. The shoulder is for emergency stops only, and when splitting between lanes, you are likely to encounter unsuspecting drivers who may pull a sudden lane-change and take you out. So, "for your own safety, here's a $$$ reminder, and some drivers premium points for you to enjoy at a later date".
If it's so 'dangerous' because of potential actions of other drivers, why is it that a cyclist can legally(?) thread traffic -- are they not also at risk? (some would say greater risk, due to lack of gear & training)
Now, I routinely see cyclists (peddle-power and spandex) weave through traffic lanes, and in some cases completely disregard the rules of the road. When traffic stops, they go around, or through, or whatever suits them best at the time. I've seen them push through red lights, and just the other day I saw one get hit by a car turning right, as they approached from a parallel direction, and essentially t-boned the turning car as it crossed their path; then proceed to have it out with the driver for 'not looking'. The cyclist was approaching the intersection at speed, with a no-walk sign, and imho 100% at fault. (I offered to be a witness for the driver, the cyclist didn't like that idea, but I digress..)
It seems that, on Vancouver's road-ways, cyclists can get away with a lot of questionable maneuvers that skirt the edges of road-safety, so my question is;
1: With all the buzz these days about 'going green', shutting off your engines while at a stand still, etc etc... why is 'lane-splitting' still looked at as a violation if you have a motor?
2: When seen as a violation, why is it cyclists can thread through traffic?
(Maybe it is illegal...I dunno, I don't cycle.... but I've never seen a cyclist pulled over ... for this, or any other 'unsafe' behavior, short of a "no-helmet" ticket)
3: Are cyclists subject to the same motor-vehicle laws? Are they exempt from any? Why is there no testing/licensing/control in place for those who ride a bicycle in traffic? ... it seems literally any spandex-clad peddle-pusher can hop on a bike and wreak havoc in the streets with little or no accountability...
and seriously, what petition do I have to sign to 'legalize' lane-splitting for motorcyclists? (BCCOM?)