By Daniel Yi

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OK, riding a motorcycle is not safe. I know that because I’ve tried to argue otherwise with pretty much every non-rider in my life—my mother, my dad, my wife, my boss. And I usually don’t get past the part where they sigh and roll their eyes.

And like most non-riders, they think lane-splitting is crazy. Yes, I am that guy squeezing his motorcycle in between cars, riding the stripes and occasionally giving you an unsolicited cure for the hiccups. California is the only state that does not outlaw the practice, though that could change. The California Highway Patrol and the Department of Motor Vehicles used to issue guidelines on how to split lanes safely, but recently have withdrawn them.

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