Majority oppose allowing lane-splitting for motorcycles - 944 participants

Feb 23, 2016

New Hampshire Representative Joseph Lachance is sponsoring HB 1308, a bill that would allow motorcycles to pass a vehicle in the same lane or travel between lanes of traffic when traffic is stopped or traveling less than 10 miles per hour. Read more about this issue. On February 23, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow lane-splitting with motorcyclists when traffic is stopped or moving less than 10 mph?” 

“Should NH allow lane-splitting with motorcyclists when traffic is stopped or moving less than 10 mph?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Motorcycle Lane Splitting NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 944 participants gave 2,622 responses

A total of 88% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 2622 responses from 944 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: The majority, at 68% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to allowing motorcyclists to pass a vehicle in the same lane or to travel between lanes of traffic.

  • “I am a biker and I do not do this. If you are riding a motorcycle, it is the same a car and you should wait your turn.”
  • “It's just dangerous. It's hard enough to watch out for them without them sneaking between cars.”
  • “I would be okay with using the breakdown lane but not lane splitting. Lane splitting is asking for an accident to happen.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 32%, were in favor of allowing lane-splitting by motorcyclists.

  • “As a former motorcycle rider, I can attest that in stopped traffic, your air-cooled bike will start having issues after sitting in traffic for more than 5 minutes. If traffic is under 10 mph, it's a relatively safe practice that can keep you from breaking down.”
  • “It'll ease congestion and you'll have less risk of getting sandwiched between two cars.”
  • “Fully support it but there should be speed restrictions.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Discussing liability in the case of an accident: “The only way I would go for this is if the biker causes any kind of accident the biker would be at fault no matter what the circumstances are and has to pay for everything.”
  • Calls for both riders and drivers to drive carefully and courteously: “Both sides need to be respectful of each other, share the road safely and plan for the unplanned.”
  • Expressing indecision or seeing both sides of the story: “It may speed up traffic, but it will increase the risk of crashes, in particular between lane-splitting motorcyclists and cars trying to perform lane changes… I hesitate to give a firm yes or no.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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