What are we about?
Lane Filter BC is a group of dedicated volunteers working towards the adoption of lane filtering in British Columbia in order to increase road user safety and road use efficiency while decreasing the cost of living for British Columbians and reducing carbon emissions.
What is lane filtering?
Lane filtering is a term that refers to allowing motorcycles to use the space between lanes of slow-moving or stopped vehicle traffic. It is common practice across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa. A similar practice, known as lane splitting (essentially lane filtering, without speed regulation) is practiced in California, while lane filtering laws are currently being considered by Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.
How could it possibly be safer?
Lane filtering allows riders to pro-actively avoid the most common accident on our roads today: Getting rear ended in heavy traffic. As distracted driving rates continue to climb in BC, the rate of serious, injury-inducing rear-end collisions is also climbing. According to statistical analysis of three years' worth of accident data in Europe, lane filtering reduces the chance of a rider being involved in an accident by a factor of six, while a study conducted by UC Berkeley also found lane filtering significantly reduced the chances of injury.
Does it only benefit riders?
No. A study conducted in Belgium found that if just 10% of commuters use two-wheeled powered transportation (scooters or motorcycles) the overall travel time for all road users was reduced by 63% while carbon emissions dropped by 6%.
How does it increase affordability?
Transportation is one of the largest expenses many British Columbians must bear. While increased bridge tolls, inflated ICBC rates, taxes on fuel, and vehicle cost can be reduced by using car share programs or public transit, many British Columbians are forced to use personal vehicles as rising home prices push them beyond the reasonable reach of the GVRD's rapid transit system. By incentivizing the transition to a European model of road use that incorporates more two-wheeled powered vehicles, the cost of living can be dramatically reduced, as commuters from suburban areas can still rely on personal transportation in the form of a scooter or motorcycle when required and pair that with a car share membership or public transit during inclement weather or for simple convenience. Motorcycles and scooters are much more fuel efficient, cost less to maintain and insure, and occupy less parking space in dense urban environs.