Ummm, yeah. If you look in the dictionary for the meaning of "honesty", it has Barton's picture instead...
Back to the dangers of lanesplitting. Here's a couple of comments from members on a local forum: "Splitting lanes over the double yellow between the carpool and the #1 lane is not legal, nor is passing people inside the carpool lane, no matter what side of traffic you pass. (There must be two lanes going the same direction before you're allowed to lane share. The double yellow between the carpool and #1 lanes negates this.)
As a former motorcycle messenger who split lanes for 250,000 miles in 5 years, I can tell you that the safest place to split is between the 1 and 2 lanes, if for the only reason that it's where people expect you to be, and as a rule, it has the least amount of people actively changing lanes.
In theory, riding the double yellow should be safe since no one's supposed to cross it, so I see the logic in that way of thinking, but this guy found out the hard way that people can and will do anything it takes to kill you. Even if it's completely unintended. And if there is an accident, you'll be at least partly at fault since you were riding illegally as well.
I agree also that it seems like no one expects a bike to come up beside them in traffic, but if everyone split between 1 and 2, then the people in those lanes would be constantly being passed by bikes, and hopefully that would wake them up enough to look for us before changing lanes. Wishful thinking anyway.
When I was making a living splitting lanes, I was constantly aware that no matter what the lawyer I was working for told me, it was not worth my life just to make it to court in time to file a document, so I would keep my speed to a maximum of maybe 5 to 10mph faster than traffic. That seemed survivable to me.
Fortunately, I never had the opportunity to find out. I hope none of you do either.
Oh, and remember, the gap is your enemy. If there's an open space next to a car, he's going to pull into it."
Response from another member: "This might be another reminder to ride safely, but I wouldn't try to say that splitting the HOV lane is the cause as if it increased the chances of something bad happening.
You might have put in a lot of miles on the freeway, MotoD. But I see motorcycle cops split the HOV lane all day long and I think they do a lot of riding too.
I haven't done as much freeway riding, but I do enough. Personally, if I want to split lanes, it will always be the HOV and #1 lane. I couldn't give 2 s**** if it's illegal or not either. Everyone does it, including every single motor cop I've seen on the freeway. I split only when traffic is stopped or at slow speed when 2 cars are parallel with each other. I also hit the high-beams in the daytime and sometimes rev a bit if I know a driver doesn't see me.
Even with all the safety precautions, you can still get hit and die. It's really sad and that's life. What can you do."
I'm with the second guy.
Be safe out there...