I live in the east bay, for all you non-californians, my house is about 30 minutes north east of SF... I was hit while splitting 11/3/16 and have to say this woman didnt look worth a DAMN! i was at her right front fender and she came over all kamikaze stlye and took me out at 50mph.... been back on the bike since then.. (same bike i might add... love being mechanically inclined... frame sliders saved my ARSE!)That's why I've always thought they need to teach the motorcycle rules to kids getting their regular class C license. You should know ALL the rules of the road if you're going to share it with different types of vehicles.
I really wish I could find the article I read that compared the stats between people getting sideswiped or hit splitting compared to bikes being rear ended in stop and go traffic. It was staggering how many more bikes get hit from behind in traffic compared to lane splitters. I can't remember what magazine it was in (waiting room at a Jiffy Lube getting the oil changed on my company car at the time) but it was a study in California where MOST riders split lanes, and there were still FAR more accidents in stop and go traffic with riders being rear ended. If I remember right, it was something crazy like 4 times as many bikes got hit from behind when sitting in stop and go traffic compared to accidents with bikes splitting, yet something like 10 times as many riders split than don't. I've had cars try and block me. I slow down, wait until I can get by and pass them. When I'm in the cage I'm constantly checking the mirrors to make room from bikes. And I did that long before I rode. In SD, especially this time of year, there are tons of bikes during rush hour because our traffic is so bad. Splitting is almost a must do. I probably got passed by 20 or more bikes splitting lanes today on the way home. I'm not saying it's an ideal place to put yourself. But when I read that article that showed the huge number of bikes who get clobbered from behind compared to splitting, I decided to start doing it. Now it's second nature. I just don't commute on the bike that often anymore... solves that issue.
+10 ^^^^^Around here people are so distracted by phones they dont even go at the green lights.... i hate living in the city, I can't wait to get back out of here.