Oregon may legalize lane-splitting, in a move that could see the entire west coast of the US move towards motorcycle-friendly congestion busting.
Of course, lane-splitting has been legal in California for decades, and as we told you earlier this month, the state of Washington is also looking at the possibility. Now Asphalt & Rubber is reporting two state senators in Oregon have introduced separate bills that open the possibility of lane-splitting in that state as well.
You can read the full details of the possibility on A&R here.
CMG’s Slant (Zac Kurylyk)
Moves like this have been a long time coming. Several US states have kicked around the idea of legalizing lane-splitting, some of them quite seriously, but California remains the sole jurisdiction allowing it.
Why can’t we see this in Canada? Although it would potentially be hazardous, you’d think traffic gurus would be willing to do anything to take pressure off urban gridlock on highways like the 401. Could government leaders be convinced that allowing motorcycles and scooters to lane-split might reduce gridlock? There are plenty of studies that would show how allowing lane-splitting is a good way to cut traffic congestion, although making government leaders see that fact will always be tricky.
Maybe it’s time Canada’s motorcycle associations and organizations banded together on this issue, to pressure government into a move that could potentially benefit everyone, not just motorcyclists.