Toronto’s city council is looking over several measures that would make the provincial capital more friendly to motorcycle users, including legalizing “filtering,” the practice of riding motorcycles between stopped traffic at an intersection.
The council recently requested the general manager of the city’s Transportation Services review proposals to allow motorcycles to use reserved-access lanes in the city’s downtown core; and expand the number of motorcycle-parking-only zones, Canada MotoGuide quotes the Riders Training Institute.
It also asked for a review of whether motorcycle filtering should be made legal; letting riders squeeze between cars to the front of the line while they’re stopped at an intersection may apparently improve the flow of traffic and lower the risk of bikes getting into collisions.
Filtering differs from lane-splitting, the practice of riding motorcycles between lanes of traffic while they’re in motion.
Both motorcycle filtering and lane-splitting is pretty widely legal around the world, except in Canada and most U.S. states. (Lane-splitting was made legal in California in 2016.) While several states are feeling pressure to also allow the practices, proposals for neither lane-splitting nor filtering have ever got much traction in Canada.
The proposals in Toronto were put forth before the city council late June. The timeline for the review of the proposals was not clear.