A Democrat state senator in the Connecticut is proposing a bill that would allow motorcyclists to lanesplit in that state.
For years now, politicians in the US have been pushing to legalize lanesplitting at the state level. California is the only jurisdiction that has legalized the practice in the US and Canada, but politicians in Texas, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Utah have proposed similar legalization in their regions, while Hawaii has legalized a watered-down version, which allows motorcyclists to filter ahead on the shoulder of the road in congested traffic situations.
All of those proposed law changes have originated in western states, emphasizing the country’s cultural divide. That’s why the proposed bill in Connecticut is highly interesting; not only is it the seventh state to show interest in the practice in recent years, it’s the first in the northeast, and in the heart of the I95’s wasteland. Should lanesplitting ever be legalized there – a long shot, for sure – it’d be a good example to all the east coast that the practice is safe, and does work.
Should the law be amended to “permit the operator of a motorcycle to operate between lanes of traffic, as is permitted in other states and countries and thereby ease traffic congestion,” maybe we’ll even organize a CMG group ride south, to go partake in the glories of lanesplitting?