Finally, Toronto May Allow Motorcycle Lane Filtering
Onward to freedom, Canucks.
This news comes from Driving.ca, claiming that lane filtering along with a number of other motorcycle-friendly measures could be slated for the city of Toronto. Predictably, there is no timeline for review of the proposals.
Though it's legal in most of the world already, the West (Canada and USA) seems to struggle with the concept of allowing the practice of lane filtering for those on two wheels.
Lane filtering differs from splitting in that it only applies to moving forward between stopped cars.
Though the benefits have been proven numerous times, the status quo generally squashes any notion of motorcyclists being allowed to enjoy the advantages of their exposure to the elements and danger of other drivers. In other words, you get a windshield, seat warmers, climate control, and the convenience of not having to gear up to go for a drive. We get to squeeze past you, without any risk of putting a hamper on your commute.
Sometimes, it can be a savings of 15 minutes (about half) if I take my motorcycle to work due to lane filtering. That's quite a quality of life improvement.
While I applaud California for its forward thinking in this matter, I hope that Toronto and the rest of North America follow suit.