At the beginning of the month, we wrote that May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month across California. With all the traffic congestion and year-round warm weather we experience here in the Golden State, motorcycle safety needs to be an even higher priority here than in other parts of the country.
California also takes a unique approach to motorcycling. No other state in America allows motorcyclists to engage in "lane splitting," which is when motorcycles drive between lanes of traffic in times of congestion. This practice has been going on for decades, which is why you may be surprised to learn that it isn't technically legal. There is not yet a statute that specifically permits lane splitting, but that could soon be changing.