Is filtering getting risky? Study says cutting through jams means 12% more crashes
An experiment conducted in France to test the safety of filtering has delivered "disappointing" results with the report showing a significant increase in accidents. Filtering isn’t regulated in French law but is tolerated, especially in city centres.
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However a five-year experiment across 11 French departments (counties) has shown that in those areas that it was allowed, there was a 12% increase in accidents involving bikes. At the same time, bike accidents on other roads where filtering was not permitted decreased by 10%.
Despite the findings, some elements of the study were considered a success. Where filtering was officially sanctioned awareness increased among drivers (especially among young drivers) while the general acceptance of the practice increased too.
Responding to the accident statistics, Eric Thiollier, board member of the French motorcyclists’ organisation, suggested that more research needs to be done to see how increased awareness could lead to safer filtering.