Toronto con­sid­ers al­low­ing mo­tor­cy­cles to fil­ter between cars

Mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil look­ing over sev­eral mea­sures to make city more mo­tor­cy­cle-friendly

Edmonton Sun - Autonet - - FRONT PAGE - Ni­cholas Maronese

Toronto’s city coun­cil is look­ing over sev­eral mea­sures that would make the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal more friendly to mo­tor­cy­cle users, in­clud­ing le­gal­iz­ing “fil­ter­ing,” the prac­tice of rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles between stopped cars at an in­ter­sec­tion.

The coun­cil re­cently re­quested the gen­eral man­ager of the city’s Transportation Ser­vices re­view pro­pos­als to al­low mo­tor­cy­cles to use re­served-ac­cess lanes in the city’s down­town core, and ex­pand the num­ber of mo­tor­cy­cle-parkin g-only zones, Canada Mo to Guide quotes the Rid­ers Train­ing In­sti­tute as say­ing.

It also asked for a re­view of whether mo­tor­cy­cle fil­ter­ing should be made le­gal. Ap­par­ently let­ting rid­ers squeeze between cars to the front of the line while they’re stopped at an in­ter­sec­tion may im­prove the flow of traf­fic and lower the risk of bikes get­ting into col­li­sions.

Fil­ter­ing dif­fers from lane-split­ting, the prac­tice of rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles between lanes of traf­fic while they’re in mo­tion.

Both mo­tor­cy­cle fil­ter­ing and lane-split­ting are widely le­gal around the world, ex­cept in Canada and most U.S. states. (Lane-split­ting was made le­gal in Cal­i­for­nia in 2016.) While sev­eral states are feel­ing pres­sure to al­low the prac­tices, pro­pos­als for lane-split­ting or fil­ter­ing have never got much trac­tion in Canada.

The pro­pos­als in Toronto were put be­fore the city coun­cil in late June. The time­line for the re­view of the pro­pos­als was not clear.

Peter J Thomp­son

Row of mo­tor­cy­cles on Front Street in Toronto’s Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict, Wed­nes­day May 23, 2018.

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