City’s bik­ers hop­ing to fil­ter

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

The City of Toronto is study­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of al­low­ing mo­tor­cy­clists to move be­tween lanes of traf­fic while at a red light, a prac­tice that ad­vo­cates say would in­crease safety for those on bikes.

The prac­tice known as lane fil­ter­ing is be­ing an­a­lyzed af­ter city coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion last month to ex­plore a po­ten­tial pi­lot project.

The prac­tice is dif­fer­ent from lane split­ting — where mo­tor­cy­clists drive be­tween lanes while traf­fic is mov­ing.

Cur­rently, nei­ther lane fil­ter­ing or lane split­ting are al­lowed in Toronto and the city is not con­sid­er­ing al­low­ing the lat­ter, said Coun. An­thony Per­ruzza, who brought for­ward the mo­tion.

Per­ruzza, a mo­tor­cy­clist him­self, said he be­lieves lane fil­ter­ing would make mo­tor­cy­clists safer.

“They’re in a much safer place be­cause they’re ahead of the cars and they’re not just sit­ting in a lane look­ing be­hind them to see some­one in a ve­hi­cle look­ing at their phone or be­ing dis­tracted,” he said. “It’s my hope that city coun­cil will turn its mind to mo­tor­cy­cle safety.”

The Cana­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle As­so­ci­a­tion, which plans on com­ing to a for­mal stance on lane fil­ter­ing af­ter a board meet­ing in the fall, said the prac­tice can help ease traf­fic con­ges­tion in ad­di­tion to keep­ing mo­tor­cy­clists safe.

Spokes­woman Mar­i­lynn Bastedo noted, how­ever, that im­ple­ment­ing lane fil­ter­ing would re­quire ef­forts to ed­u­cate car driv­ers about the prac­tice.

“All of a sud­den this mo­tor­cy­clist ap­pears next to you and the car be­side you, so it’s not some­thing you can just im­ple­ment overnight,” she said. “But some­body has got to (im­ple­ment lane fil­ter­ing).”

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