In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email at bnews@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews.

Last week's question:

The California Highway Patrol recently withdrew its safety guidance on lane-splitting, though it is still legal. What do you think of this popular practice by motorcyclists to avoid traffic?

I'M ALL for lane splitting as long as they're being safe about it.

Jeffrey Bird

Oakley

I AGREE. It's OK as long as riders are being safe about it. I would venture to guess that most people who are against it, don't ride and are against the practice because they have to sit in traffic and can't stand to see someone else being able to move along in the vacant lane space while they are stuck.

Glen Jones

I REALIZE A lot of motorcyclists use lane splitting as a means to avoid traffic, but there's a lot more to it than that. Motorcycles can easily overheat if they have to sit in the same traffic a car has to because they aren't equipped with the cooling systems for that.

Not only that, but having to be stopped in traffic behind a car makes the cyclist less visible to the people behind them, which makes it more likely for them to get crushed by a distracted driver who doesn't allow enough room to stop.


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Amy Eudy

Oakley

I HAVE LIVED in California for 47 years and have never understood why lane sharing is not illegal. I can not think of a practice that is more dangerous. The people who engage in it rarely follow any of the guide lines. I have seen more than a few who do it at freeway speeds and always more than 10 mph faster than prevailing traffic.

Nick Bogovich

Antioch

I'VE BEEN riding for over 30 years and enjoy riding up until cellphones came into play. It's much more dangerous then it was years ago, because people are more distracted at the wheel then ever before.

Lane splitting can be safe it you as a rider make it safe. Another problem is young kids not playing it safe and giving us good riders a bad name. CHP needs to set some rules for this and we need to make these ticket-able offenses. I see way to may riders being careless and dangerous out there. Since there are no REAL RULES set, these kids don't understand that it's dangerous to lane split over 35 mph and it's also dangerous/scary for a driver when they don't see you and you just WIZ right pass them lane splitting. Slow down and be safe out there, your life isn't worth it being stupid and dying.

Todd Pearson

NOT A FAN at all. Most scream by faster than is safe. Why do most need to get to the front at a stoplight and can't wait their turn? I think it is rude. Like I said most do it but not all.

Joe McMurtrey

I' HAVE BEEN riding for over 30 years and enjoy riding up till Cellphones came into play. It's much more dangerous then it was years ago, because people are more distracted at the wheel then ever before. Lane splitting can be safe if you as a rider make it safe.

Another problem is young kids not playing it safe and giving us good riders a bad name.

CHP needs to set some rules for this and we need to make these ticket-able offenses. I see way to may riders being careless and dangerous out there. Since there is not REAL RULES set, these kids don't understand that it's dangerous to lane split over 35mph and it's also dangerous/scary for a driving when they don't see you and you just WIZ right pass them lane splitting. Slow down and be safe out there, your life isn't worth it being stupid and dying.

Todd Pearson

AGAINST LANE SPLITTING. It's dangerous and unfair to us who drive cars. Traffic wouldn't be as bad if Gov. Jerry Brown would open all toll lanes on bridges and get rid of diamond lanes.

Brenda Galvin

IF YOU'RE safe, no problem. For the ones who "don't think it's fair," suck it up and learn to ride. I for one love to ride!

Leslie D. Clymens Russo

LANE SPLITTING is there because some motorcycles are air cooled and if we wait in traffic our bikes overheat.

Rick Hunsucker

IT'S DANGEROUS.

Susan Mills

THEY SHOULD wait in traffic like everyone else.

Anthony Buffo

THEY SHOULD have their own lane.

Carl McClain

WHEN DONE safely, it's fine.

Zachary Poertner

I HAVE NO problem if it's done safely but unfortunately my experience has shown that most do not do it safely and ironically this includes police. Most riders I have seen go at speeds that are not safe. Slow down and I have no problem. Please don't rev your damn engine just because you can't get past me. It is not my responsibility to make room by driving on the shoulders or too close to the car next to me because I am next to a big rig and there isn't enough room for you to get by.

Rick Correa

MOST OF THEM have a death sentence when they do it. They aren't smart and then when they wreck it's suddenly the car's fault.

Jenna Williams

RESPECTFUL AND good riders know the time and place to lane split. As a rider we are always on hyper alert for the next obstacle. Riding at a reasonable speed and being safe must be at the top of your list or you will be hurt and or die. The rule/law as to whether we can lane split or not will not stop it. I am not going to risk blowing the motor on my bike sitting there when I can safely move through traffic.

Samantha Ruddick Moy

I THINK it's fine as long as it's done safety and especially at a safe speed and when actually needed. I've seen so many motorcyclist splitting lanes at high speeds or when it wasn't necessary and a few dump their bikes on Highway 4 because they hit someone's mirror or there was a unsafe lane change. Just the other day my friend was in an accident when he went to change lanes and a motorcyclist was splitting lanes at a high speed. The damage to the car should prove that the motorcyclists wasn't going a safe speed during stopped and go traffic on Highway 4.

Stacy Watkins

IF I REMEMBER right the reason that lane spitting is allowed is so the motorcycle rider isn't overcome by carbon monoxide during times of traffic ... or when stopped at a light. That being said this issue doesn't hold water when traffic is moving at greater than 25 mph on the freeway. I don't have a problem with motorcycles line splitting when traffic is stopped on the freeway. I have a problem when they do it at speeds that are unsafe and when they are lane splitting when traffic is moving along briskly.

Joe Broerman

SAFETY IS key. For the bikers and for people in the cars. EVERYONE should be aware of each other sharing the over populated roads/highways. It's not about being "fair" because a car is sitting in traffic so should the people on bikes ... There are cars (people) that purposely ride the line or come over on purpose and that is like attempted murder for folks on bikes -- not cool.

Regina DeRosa Fredenburg

I'VE BEEN riding for over 30 years and enjoy riding up until cellphones came into play. It's much more dangerous then it was years ago, because people are more distracted at the wheel then ever before.

Lane splitting can be safe it you as a rider make it safe. Another problem is young kids not playing it safe and giving us good riders a bad name. CHP needs to set some rules for this and we need to make these ticket-able offenses. I see way to may riders being careless and dangerous out there. Since there are no REAL RULES set, these kids don't understand that it's dangerous to lane split over 35 mph and it's also dangerous/scary for a driver when they don't see you and you just WIZ right pass them lane splitting. Slow down and be safe out there, your life isn't worth it being stupid and dying.

Todd Pearson

This week's question:

The state recently ordered emergency water conservation measures due to drought conditions. What changes have you made in your home water use? Have you changed how you water your landscape or wash your car or the like?

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