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Motorcycle lane filtering to be trialled in the ACT

By Canfan - 29 August 2014 43

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced that a two-year trial of motorcycling lane filtering will commence in the ACT from 1 February 2015.

“Motorcycle lane filtering is when a motorcyclist moves between stationary or slow moving vehicles in the same lane. It is not the same as lane splitting which is done at higher speeds and increases the unpredictability of motorcyclist movements for other road users,” Mr Corbell said.

“One of the benefits of lane filtering is it allows motorcyclists to move quickly and safely away from congested areas of traffic. This provides motorcyclists with an opportunity to have the front position in a lane – away from other traffic.

“Lane filtering became legal in New South Wales from 1 July 2014 after a recent trial in Sydney which found that lane filtering is a relatively low risk riding activity for motorcyclists when done in low speed traffic situations.”

The report by the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services on the Assembly inquiry into vulnerable road users includes a recommendation that the government conduct a trial of motorcycle lane filtering by March 2015.

“This trial will cover the whole of the ACT and will include a number of conditions aimed at making the practice safe for motorcyclists and all other road users, including a requirement that motorcyclists not filter at a speed greater than 30km/h or on the kerbside next to a footpath, or in a bicycle lane or breakdown lanes,” Mr Corbell said.

“To ensure safety is not compromised for younger pedestrians, motorcyclists will also not be allowed to filter in school zones.

“I am aware that some motorists feel annoyed when they see motorcyclists filtering through traffic, however, given the low risk nature of this trial, there is a need for all road users to demonstrate understanding and compromise in order to achieve the desired “share the road” culture.”

Further information on the ACT motorcycle lane filtering trial can be found at www.justice.act.gov.au.

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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Motorcycle lane filtering to be trialled in the ACT
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JimCharles 12:54 pm
29 Aug 14
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Finally, it’s worth getting a bike here !
The whole point is that it shouldn’t annoy drivers….even a 125 auto accelerates away far quicker than most cars and it’s safely out in front in a very short space of time.
The difficulty round here is just getting drivers to stop,looking straight ahead, use their mirrors, indicate and check their blindspots…a lot don’t even know what that is.
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bd84 12:59 pm
29 Aug 14
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So, two of road users’ biggest complaints being ‘drivers don’t look/see motorcyclists’ and the ‘aggressive I need to be in front of everyone else’ have been combined into a trial which will make riders less visible and feed the need to be in front of everyone else.

I don’t see how riding between cars is safe, the riding position will put motorcyclists into blind spots more regularly, which is the most significant problem at the moment. Motorcyclists are no more likely to be rear ended in traffic than any other driver, the handful of riders that are in traffic at any time won’t make any difference. It doesn’t have any congestion solving benefits, 1 motorcyclist will save about 5 metres space. Lanes on a lot of roads (like Northbourne) are not wide enough to safely travel between lanes without a very high chance of clipping someone. If the traffic is significant, the rider has little chance of actually getting to the front, and will have nowhere to go but cut into a non-existent space between cars, increasing the risk that they will end up as a sandwich.

The amount of restrictions needed on this idea indicates in itself that it’s not really a safe thing to be doing, so why implement it?

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watto23 1:53 pm
29 Aug 14
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bd84 said :

So, two of road users’ biggest complaints being ‘drivers don’t look/see motorcyclists’ and the ‘aggressive I need to be in front of everyone else’ have been combined into a trial which will make riders less visible and feed the need to be in front of everyone else.

I don’t see how riding between cars is safe, the riding position will put motorcyclists into blind spots more regularly, which is the most significant problem at the moment. Motorcyclists are no more likely to be rear ended in traffic than any other driver, the handful of riders that are in traffic at any time won’t make any difference. It doesn’t have any congestion solving benefits, 1 motorcyclist will save about 5 metres space. Lanes on a lot of roads (like Northbourne) are not wide enough to safely travel between lanes without a very high chance of clipping someone. If the traffic is significant, the rider has little chance of actually getting to the front, and will have nowhere to go but cut into a non-existent space between cars, increasing the risk that they will end up as a sandwich.

The amount of restrictions needed on this idea indicates in itself that it’s not really a safe thing to be doing, so why implement it?

You don’t ride between lanes while traffic is moving. If the lanes are not wide enough or the traffic is moving then it would be unsafe and illegal. Only non motorbike/scooter riders would understand this. A good rider will not do anything that is dangerous, just like a good car driver. Most road rules always have a “when it is safe to do so stipulation”, which in Canberra seems to be ignored as drivers assume they have right of way regardless.

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User777 2:28 pm
29 Aug 14
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bd84 said :

So, two of road users’ biggest complaints being ‘drivers don’t look/see motorcyclists’ and the ‘aggressive I need to be in front of everyone else’ have been combined into a trial which will make riders less visible and feed the need to be in front of everyone else.

I don’t see how riding between cars is safe, the riding position will put motorcyclists into blind spots more regularly, which is the most significant problem at the moment. Motorcyclists are no more likely to be rear ended in traffic than any other driver, the handful of riders that are in traffic at any time won’t make any difference. It doesn’t have any congestion solving benefits, 1 motorcyclist will save about 5 metres space. Lanes on a lot of roads (like Northbourne) are not wide enough to safely travel between lanes without a very high chance of clipping someone. If the traffic is significant, the rider has little chance of actually getting to the front, and will have nowhere to go but cut into a non-existent space between cars, increasing the risk that they will end up as a sandwich.

The amount of restrictions needed on this idea indicates in itself that it’s not really a safe thing to be doing, so why implement it?

So much fail……I’ll be sure to wave as I filter past you at the lights.

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HenryBG 2:59 pm
29 Aug 14
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JimCharles said :

The whole point is that it shouldn’t annoy drivers….even a 125 auto accelerates away far quicker than most cars and it’s safely out in front in a very short space of time.
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Agreed.
I’ve never understood the objection some people have to faster traffic getting in front of them where they belong.
Sensible governance can be done, even in Canberra.

Whatever next? Fines for people who fail to “keep left unless overtaking”?

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Mysteryman 5:17 pm
29 Aug 14
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bd84 said :

So, two of road users’ biggest complaints being ‘drivers don’t look/see motorcyclists’ and the ‘aggressive I need to be in front of everyone else’ have been combined into a trial which will make riders less visible and feed the need to be in front of everyone else.

I don’t see how riding between cars is safe, the riding position will put motorcyclists into blind spots more regularly, which is the most significant problem at the moment. Motorcyclists are no more likely to be rear ended in traffic than any other driver, the handful of riders that are in traffic at any time won’t make any difference. It doesn’t have any congestion solving benefits, 1 motorcyclist will save about 5 metres space. Lanes on a lot of roads (like Northbourne) are not wide enough to safely travel between lanes without a very high chance of clipping someone. If the traffic is significant, the rider has little chance of actually getting to the front, and will have nowhere to go but cut into a non-existent space between cars, increasing the risk that they will end up as a sandwich.

The amount of restrictions needed on this idea indicates in itself that it’s not really a safe thing to be doing, so why implement it?

If you’ve actually ridden a motorcycle in traffic, you’d know it was safer for a few reasons. One of them being motorcyclists who’ve come to stop in a queue are regularly rear-ended by cars driven by people who don’t look at what’s in front of them. It may not sound like a big deal, but when two tonnes of steal impacts with your spine there’s a good chance you won’t be able to walk again. Allowing motorcycle to move to the front prevents this from happening. It also makes ZERO difference to the cars in the queue because even the slowest bike accelerate faster than 95% of cars on the road. When the lights go green, the bikes can move off without fear of a the inattention or negligence of nearby drivers, and are gone before you have a chance to rage and act like a child.

Think about it from someone else’s point of view and you’ll see why, without a doubt, it’s a lot safer. I’m not a fan of the current government but I think they are doing the right thing by trialling this. I hope they’ve thought about the necessary public awareness campaign to educate people like bd84 about the legality of the trial, and the reasons why. The last thing I really want to deal with is drivers who think they are dishing out vigilante justice by opening their doors into me while I legally filter past.

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bundah 5:33 pm
29 Aug 14
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HenryBG said :

JimCharles said :

The whole point is that it shouldn’t annoy drivers….even a 125 auto accelerates away far quicker than most cars and it’s safely out in front in a very short space of time.
.

Agreed.
I’ve never understood the objection some people have to faster traffic getting in front of them where they belong.
Sensible governance can be done, even in Canberra.

Whatever next? Fines for people who fail to “keep left unless overtaking”?

One can already be fined a massive $69, in NSW at least, for not keeping left unless overtaking. Of course it’s up to the discretion of the plod at the time.

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gazket 5:47 pm
29 Aug 14
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bd84 said :

So, two of road users’ biggest complaints being ‘drivers don’t look/see motorcyclists’ and the ‘aggressive I need to be in front of everyone else’ have been combined into a trial which will make riders less visible and feed the need to be in front of everyone else.

I don’t see how riding between cars is safe, the riding position will put motorcyclists into blind spots more regularly, which is the most significant problem at the moment. Motorcyclists are no more likely to be rear ended in traffic than any other driver, the handful of riders that are in traffic at any time won’t make any difference. It doesn’t have any congestion solving benefits, 1 motorcyclist will save about 5 metres space. Lanes on a lot of roads (like Northbourne) are not wide enough to safely travel between lanes without a very high chance of clipping someone. If the traffic is significant, the rider has little chance of actually getting to the front, and will have nowhere to go but cut into a non-existent space between cars, increasing the risk that they will end up as a sandwich.

The amount of restrictions needed on this idea indicates in itself that it’s not really a safe thing to be doing, so why implement it?

Obvious you don’t ride as everything you have said is wrong…

it does have congestion saving benefits, More people will ride motorcycles which means less cars and congestion.

Northbourne Av lanes are plenty wide enough for filtering for most motorbikes .

Motorcyclist’s won’t be filtering in any blind spots ? It will still be against the law to filter down the left side of the left lane, Bikes are filtering on the right side of the left lane or right side of the centre lane, they can bee seen in the rear view or side mirror. Only a bone head would filter between the car and a gutter.

Australia is one of the few countries that don’t allow motorcycle lane filtering .

I don’t see why it’s taking 6 months to even start the trial.

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magiccar9 5:58 pm
29 Aug 14
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Good to see the Government focusing on the really big issues… NOT!

“It allows faster accelerating vehicles to be at the front” – so does that mean shortly we’ll see the bus lights at many of out intersections allowing cars to move away before buses? Highly doubtful. What need is there for them to be at the front anyway? If we’re all doing the speed limit what benefit does it pose? I could make the same argument about the 1994 Hyundai Excel in front of me… “I can accelerate faster that you, so I must be in front.”

Also, I do hope Corbell’s new laws/trial stipulate what happens in the event of a motorcycle ‘sideswiping’ and damaging a vehicle while lane filtering. Some motorcycle riders I see struggle to stay upright on a bike, let alone feed it between 2 cars. I’ll be sure to give the motorcyclist and Corbell a nice serving should my car be hit.

So, to sum up – this is a pointless and ill conceived law designed to keep the minorities happy. It has none of the tangible benefits described in the media release, and yet again our local politicians have demonstrated they’re incapable of dealing with the important issues in this town.

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Roksteddy 6:11 pm
29 Aug 14
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User777 said :

bd84 said :

So, two of road users’ biggest complaints being ‘drivers don’t look/see motorcyclists’ and the ‘aggressive I need to be in front of everyone else’ have been combined into a trial which will make riders less visible and feed the need to be in front of everyone else.

I don’t see how riding between cars is safe, the riding position will put motorcyclists into blind spots more regularly, which is the most significant problem at the moment. Motorcyclists are no more likely to be rear ended in traffic than any other driver, the handful of riders that are in traffic at any time won’t make any difference. It doesn’t have any congestion solving benefits, 1 motorcyclist will save about 5 metres space. Lanes on a lot of roads (like Northbourne) are not wide enough to safely travel between lanes without a very high chance of clipping someone. If the traffic is significant, the rider has little chance of actually getting to the front, and will have nowhere to go but cut into a non-existent space between cars, increasing the risk that they will end up as a sandwich.

The amount of restrictions needed on this idea indicates in itself that it’s not really a safe thing to be doing, so why implement it?

So much fail……I’ll be sure to wave as I filter past you at the lights.

Agreed.
I’ve often thought that we should get the names of those who complain about lane widths on Northbourne, or anywhere else in Canberra, and put a restriction on their licence that forbids them from driving in Sydney or Melbourne. If they struggle here…..

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bigred 7:51 pm
29 Aug 14
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most experienced riders I know will quietly slip through to the front at lights and stealth away from the cardigan wearers in their cages. certainly speeds the trip up, but every now and again some lunatic objects and tries to close the gap. Be interesting to see how the trial goes.

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dks00k 8:27 pm
29 Aug 14
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JimCharles said :

The whole point is that it shouldn’t annoy drivers….
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There will be a great deal of drivers annoyed with this. I see them everyday with their “I have to be first to the next red light mentality”…

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gooterz 8:29 pm
29 Aug 14
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HenryBG said :

JimCharles said :

The whole point is that it shouldn’t annoy drivers….even a 125 auto accelerates away far quicker than most cars and it’s safely out in front in a very short space of time.
.

Agreed.
I’ve never understood the objection some people have to faster traffic getting in front of them where they belong.
Sensible governance can be done, even in Canberra.

Whatever next? Fines for people who fail to “keep left unless overtaking”?

Speed limit is 100 and traffic is going 80 so the idiots tailgate at 110 because the person doing 110 is too slow.

Why does everyone else get subjected to speeders dangerous drivers putting others lives at risk.

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wildturkeycanoe 8:55 pm
29 Aug 14
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HenryBG said :

JimCharles said :

The whole point is that it shouldn’t annoy drivers….even a 125 auto accelerates away far quicker than most cars and it’s safely out in front in a very short space of time.
.

Agreed.
I’ve never understood the objection some people have to faster traffic getting in front of them where they belong.
Sensible governance can be done, even in Canberra.

Whatever next? Fines for people who fail to “keep left unless overtaking”?

Already an offense – “KEEPING LEFT: On roads with a speed limit of more than 80km/h, motorists must not drive in the right-hand lane unless overtaking, turning right or making a U-turn, avoiding an obstacle or driving in congested traffic. If a ‘Keep Left Unless Overtaking’ sign is displayed, then you must keep left regardless of the speed limit.” – from NRMA top ten misunderstood road rules.
If ONLY more people were aware of this one!

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justin heywood 10:54 pm
29 Aug 14
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bd84 said :

So, two of road users’ biggest complaints being ‘drivers don’t look/see motorcyclists’ and the ‘aggressive I need to be in front of everyone else’ have been combined into a trial which will make riders less visible and feed the need to be in front of everyone else.

We do it so we can get into some clear space.

I find filtering to be a bit hairy – some people can be either careless or vengeful – the only reason to do it is because it’s worth it. A motorcyclist feels (and is) very vulnerable when surrounded by heavy traffic. As you say, the chance of being rear-ended or side-swiped on a bike is probably no different than in a car, but the consequences are a lot more dramatic.

(Just don’t do what I did recently which is to filter up to the front, then stall on the green light)

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