Road rules are there for a reason. Advanced riders will point out the limitations of some of them, or even their negative consequences, but if you are going to break any rule in the road code, you’d better have a very good reason for it.
Even with the best intentions, rules are drafted around the average road user. And that invariably means four (and more) wheeled transport. It can be tempting to ignore road rules that were clearly framed with cars, vans and trucks in mind, but you can still be pinged for things like parking on a pavement or overtaking on the inside.
Common sense and courtesy
Enforcement authorities usually have a lot of stuff to deal with, and picking on errant bikers is not high on the priority list. Such things as filtering through traffic and parking, ahem, ‘off road’ are unlikely to attract anyone’s ire if done using common sense, courtesy and concern for your own and others’ safety.
Some rules of thumb for lane splitting
We do not advocate lane splitting at all but understand some riders will do it regardless of whether it’s legal or not. If you are going to at least do the following:
- overtake on the right whenever possible
- stay off chevron markings in the road centre unless you have to take avoiding action
- do not pass on the kerbside
- keep your speed to no more than 10km/h above the traffic speed
- use your indicators to show movement into and out of lanes
- do not under any circumstances, cut off another road user.
And if you do get some cooperation from a driver, be sure to acknowledge it.
You can read more about lane splitting on this new info sheet