The 4 wheeled road users see it as riders are getting in-front of them mentality, as was stated in the Victorian Motorcycle Safety Inquiry there needs to be attitude change to convince and allow them to see what filtering means to the over all traffic flow We the riders need to be the ambassadors in this message even if filtering is not being trialed in your state or territory as soon as traffic congestion comes up in conversation its our duty to put our case forward and inform the four wheeled road users what the advantage to filtering is for THEM, make THEM feel they are getting all the advantages from us riders filtering.
CHANGING the law to allow motorbikes to weave their way through stationary traffic is an accident waiting to happen.
Even more stupid is training riders to zigzag their way around cars, which is likely to add to Victoria’s road rage.
A report by the parliamentary road safety committee says it could cut travel time on Melbourne’s often gridlocked roads.
They must mean for motorbike riders who already push between cars. This is currently an offence. If it is legalised, it is likely to encourage riders to take it as a licence to weave between moving cars: “Not all the cars were moving, officer.”
Motorbikes flashing between lines of cars are a road hazard. Riders trying to zigzag through traffic, preventing cars from moving when the lights do change, will feed driver frustration. Lane changers are likely to be hit by a zigzagging motorbike, with the rider in danger of being thrown under the wheels of other cars.
This is a rush to disaster. Cars are sometimes scraped by motorbike riders who try to squeeze through gaps that are too small, revving their engines and adding to driver frustration.
The worst offenders are often bikies on big bikes with “gorilla” handlebars. Drivers are intimidated and likely to make a bad situation worse by trying to get out of their way.
The Victoria Motorcycle Council thinks it’s a good idea, but members would be better off considering the likely consequences.
Anyone who has seen a motorbike rider thrown into the air, or left sprawled unconscious on the road, will judge this as a disastrous idea and one likely to add to the state’s road toll.