VIEWPOINT - Benefits of lane filtering
My Definition of Lane filtering: When a motorcycle moves through traffic in between stationary vehicles.
Being a Driver in England I am very familiar with filtering through stopped traffic, as as Car driver I would allow space for motorcycles to pass. As a Motorcycle Driver I would drive very slowly between the vehicles (under 10kph)
Never have I been in a scenario where I was at any danger when filtering through stationary traffic. And I was shocked that this safe and efficient practice was illegal in BC. And it feels very unnatural to be sitting in lineups taking up space while on a motorcycle on the Highway.
Now the Benefits of lane filtering, If this was legal in BC, and people were aware of a way to essentially skip the gridlock during rush hour I would bet that a lot more people would take up commuting with a Motorcycle. And with that increase in motorcycle use we would see a drop in emissions and a drastic drop in all Vehicle wait time as shown in studies (http://www.tmleuven.be/project/motorcyclesandcommuting/home.htm) When 10% of all private cars are replaced by motorcycles, total time losses for all vehicles decrease by 40%.The attraction of new traffic (due to improved circumstances) is taken into account in this case study.
Another benefit would be having less distracted drivers on the road. To be distracted on a motorcycle is quite difficult due to a much more obvious sense of risk when compared to being in the safe confines of a car.
Another Benefit is to eleminate the risk of Motorcycles being rear ended when sitting at a line up. Sometimes drivers are preoccupied or just do not notice a motorcycle tucked in behind a car. When the car rear ends another there is a fender bender. When a car rear ends a motorcycle there is a great risk of death.
I understand that this practice is legal in most of/all of : England, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and California, With current trials in Australia.
When are we going to embrace this solution to Vancouvers Gridlock? We should embrace it now.