Franck Posted July 18, 2018 Share Posted July 18, 2018 (edited) Salut tout le monde, Sujet chaud: l'INTERFILE (ou Lane-splitting). J'en parlais ici: Mais à priori, on a droit à une "nation" différente du reste du monde, on est à la traîne. Oui, on l'est à la traîne, quand on se compare à nos voisins ON. On a beau les traiter de "têtes carrées", mais ils en font plus pour la moto que le QC, depuis des années. Ça m'étonne que personne n'a ouvert un sujet là dessus (ou alors, j'ai manqué ça). Je fais le trajet Gatineau-Ottawa tous les jours en moto, pour le boulot, et côté ON, ça passe bien mieux l'interfile dans le traffic! À Toronto, ils vont ouvrir un projet-pilote pour avoir droit au lane-splitting pour les motos: https://driving.ca/auto-news/news/toronto-considering-allowing-motorcycles-to-filter-between-cars Quote Toronto considering allowing motorcycles to ‘filter’ between cars Municipal council looking over several measures to make city more motorcycle-friendly by NICHOLAS MARONESE | JULY 6, 2018 A motorcycle stopped in traffic at an intersection. Getty Images 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 traffic 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-parking-only zones, Canada MotoGuide quotes the Riders Training Institute. It also asked for a review of whether motorcycle filtering should be made legal; letting riders squeeze between cars to the front of the line while they’re stopped at an intersection may apparently 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 is pretty 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 also allow the practices, proposals for neither lane-splitting nor filtering have ever got much traction in Canada. The proposals in Toronto were put forth before the city council late June. The timeline for the review of the proposals was not clear. https://driving.ca/auto-news/news/motor-mouth-beyond-a-safety-issue-motorcycle-lane-filtering-benefits-everyone Quote More than a safety issue, motorcycle lane filtering benefits everyone With Toronto's pilot program, bikers splitting through traffic at stop lights will relieve congestion for every motorist on the road by DAVID BOOTH | 2 DAYS AGO A motorcycle driving by cars on a city street. Getty Images I know it’s a rarity, but occasionally — OK, very occasionally — even city councilors get something right about the benefits of motorcycling. Of course, it helps a whole heckuva lot if there’s an actual motorcyclist on the council. Lucky for Toronto, Councilman (or is that councilperson/thing?) Anthony Perruzza, Ward 8, York West, is just such a biker and so, as of last week, there’s a proposal for a committee to look into allowing motorcycles to filter between cars. Now, for the non-motorcyclists out there, “filtering” is the act of riding your two-wheeler between cars when they are parked at a red light. It is not to be mistaken for “lane-splitting” which involves the same activity — again, riding between cars — when traffic is actually moving. Essentially, filtering would allow is a motorcyclist to ride between stopped cars right up to the “active” stop line and thus get ahead of traffic. RELATED Motor Mouth: No airbag on a bike? Then wear one Zen and the art of a Motorcycle Collective What’s odd to me, a motorcyclist and strong advocate of filtering, is that this is being pitched on safety, Michel Mersereau, a senior instructor with The Rider Training Institute, telling the CBC that “What you’re doing is minimizing the risk of front- or rear-end collisions.” Councilman/person/thing Perruzza seems to concur, also telling the CBC that from his personal experience, being “stuck in traffic on a motorcycle, it’s a pretty scary place, especially when you look in your mirror and the person behind you is on their phone or completely distracted.” Now, one can understand the case for increased rider safety. And, indeed, there are occasions when an inattentive driver — usually, to use to vernacular of my youth, well ‘plowed’ — drives into the back of a motorcyclist at a stoplight. There are even studies proving that filtering does improve motorcyclist safety. One could even make the argument that with drivers’ attention spans waning — thanks, texting — being able to scoot ahead and use a couple of heavy cars as your own personal “buffer” zone against an errant rear-ending Prius is beneficial. The only problem with using safety as an argument for filtering, however, is that, while such accidents do occur, they are not common, indeed, uncommon enough that I know of no motorcyclist, Perruzza and Mersereau’s protestations aside, who filters simply because it improves their safety. In fact, if motorcyclists safety in an urban environment were truly city council’s primary concern, then they would find a creative solution to the issue of automobiles — with the same inattentive drivers — turning left through intersections in front of a motorcyclist with the right of way. This is, by far, the largest cause of motorcycle-to-car collisions and fatalities. And the solution — a vehicle-to-infrastructure V2X grid that warned automobile drivers of the presence of a vulnerable biker — would also solve Perruzza’s concern of getting hit from behind while stopped. Toronto will try a pilot project for motorcycle lane filtering on Adelaide and Richmond Streets downtown. No, the reason this one is being dressed up as a safety issue is one of pure psychology, namely that, while we Canadians are all for safety, we — unlike our American neighbours to the south — can’t stand anyone getting ahead of us. What they see as an example to follow, Canadians assume must involve some cheating. And if we’re truthful — let’s own up to it, fellow bikers — filtering is all about getting to the front of a long line of traffic and then squirting ahead of the lumbering four-wheelers. Indeed, this will be the biggest issue facing anyone filtering — legally or otherwise — in the future along the Richmond and Adelaide corridors that Perruzza has proposed as pilot program. I filter and lane-split everywhere in the world I ride and the only place that I have faced verbal abuse for the practice — indeed, I can’t wait for the comments accusing me of all manner of heathenisms for promoting it — is right here in supposedly-polite Canada. Hell, in Italy, drivers scooch a little to the right so you can slide by. Indeed, if you don’t filter, they start honking at you wondering why you’re not filtering. Part of the reason for that — the other is they’re thinking you might be crazy for not taking advantage of your motorcycle — is that you are holding them up. You see, they figured out that a motorcycle taking up a full lane at a stoplight is the height of traffic inefficiency and, if you slide ahead, it means they will also get through the intersection sooner. This is the social benefit that Perruzza should be promoting, namely that letting motorcycles filter through stopped cars will reduce congestion. More importantly, if policies like allowing hybrids to use HOV lanes are any indication, Perruzza’s proposal might encourage more people to ride motorbikes and scooters, reducing congestion even further. Indeed, in every country where filtering and lane splitting is allowed, that is its proposed benefit. Los Angeles’ 405 would be even more of a nightmare if every bike in SoCal took up a full spot in the lane. Paris police not only promote filtering and lane-splitting but do it themselves. And, in Italy, even the drivers in the opposing lanes edge over so you can ride down the middle median. Finally, I will sign off with this thought to all the drivers getting ready to abuse bikers for getting ahead of them. Remember that, while you’re in your nice, cozy air-conditioned cabin, we’re sweating our you-know-whats off in the blazing sun that has been southern Ontario so far this summer. So, yes we are getting ahead of you, but we’re trying to prevent heat stroke. Now there’s a safety argument I can get behind. Alors, le QC, on se réveille quand?? Edited July 18, 2018 by Franck 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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