Posts Tagged ‘MSF’

CIECA Opens Competition for Riding Instructors

February 25, 2009

Are you a riding instructor with an idea of how to improve training procedures? Want to win a scooter or a trip to MV Agusta, a MotoGP event or a World Superbike event?

If so, the International Commission of Driver and Rider Testing Authorities (CIECA) has launched a worldwide competition to collect examples of the best rider training exercises. Together with its partnerscieca ACEM, FIM and FEMA, CIECA invites riding instructors to submit rider training exercises related to the ten most frequent accident causes for powered two-wheelers.

Visit the ACEM website and fill out a questionnaire with your proposed rider training exercise and return the questionnaire by March 22. You could win:

Grand Prize: A Suzuki SIXteen 150cc scooter
First Prize: A guided tour around the MV AGUSTA factory in Varese, Italy (travel included)
Second Prize: 2 tickets to the MotoGP event of your choice
Third Prize: 2 tickets to the World Superbike event of your choice

Lane Splitting … Legal By Opinion

December 8, 2008

The Contra Costa Times in California features a Q&A column titled Queen of the Road. Today, questioned by a reader, “the Queen” delved into figuring out what is legal when lane splitting in California.

“In California, lane splitting is legal as long as it’s done safely,” Sgt. Trent Cross of the California Highway Patrol answered. “If the lane splitting was done in an unsafe manner in an officer’s opinion, based on his or her training and experience, he or she could issue a citation.”

Hmmm, an officer’s “opinion” … that’s a word that often proves pesky to anyone attempting to defend against a citation.

According to the CHP Web site: “Lane splitting by motorcycles is permissible but must be done in a safe and prudent manner.”

Again, who is to say what is safe and prudent?

The Queen also queried the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Ray Ochs, director of training for the MSF, says the organization supports the practice if it is legal and can be done safely

“Do it when you have an escape area where you can swerve right or left if you need to,” Ochs told the Queen. “In higher-speed traffic it’s not appropriate, and it should be done at the speed at which traffic is traveling.”

It’s no wonder other states haven’t legalized the act of lane splitting. The rules on the books in California aren’t exactly definitive.

Nevertheless, chances are that this guy’s maneuvers aren’t legal in most urban environments: