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South Africa: Western Cape To Stop Motorcycle Lane-Splitting?

19
February
2013
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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While in some parts of the world they are actively promoting motorcycle lane-splitting, other countries are looking into legalizing it, while even other countries are looking into stopping lane-splitting.

Lane Splitting 2 Cars
In the latter category falls Western Cape Open Western Cape link in a new window in South Africa (Cape Town et al). There the Member of the Executive Council (MEC), responsible for Transport and Public Works, Robin Carlisle, has decided that he's seen too many bikers die on his roads, most of them in between cars.

According to Carlisle, motorcycle crashes increased by 33% from 63 crashes in 2008 to 84 in 2012. Of course he doesn't show the increase of motorcycle ownership during the same time frame. Statistics, statistics and lies.

According to an interview to the Times, Carlisle said "I'm contemplating a regulation that will prohibit them from riding between the lanes... because that is where they die". Until now, he has not decided whether to take this step, but is considering it.

My suggestion to the man would be more into education. Education of car drivers to expect motorcycles in between the lanes. Without having been in Cape Town for many decades now, I will know for sure that there are a lot of traffic jams, and making motorcycles stay in their lanes will only aggravate the situation. But anyone with the word "Car" in his name, I don't expect much good for motorcycles.

Via: iAfrica



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