State of the Union: Lanesplitting

It may feel strange, but lane splitting is totally legal in California and its the only way to get around LA quickly.

Lanesplitting continues to gain headlines in the US, with another state supposedly looking at legalizing the practice.

Lanesplitting has been in the news consistently since California gave a weak-kneed go-ahead to the practice last summer. Since then, four US states — Texas, Washington, Oregon and Montana — have introduced bills to legalize lanesplitting, and now another state is considering the issue.

The Deseret News reports Utah‘s state legislature is now considering a lanesplitting bill that has already made it through the House Transportation Committee.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer, who had a motorcyclist help him present the bill’s case to the state legislature. They gave the politicos the typical benefits list for lanesplitting: improved commuting, added safety for riders, environmental friendliness.

The legislature is done sitting this week, so this bill is unlikely to pass on this go-round. But this is just the start. If this doesn’t pass this time, expect to see another attempt in the future.

However, lanesplitting is a lot closer to being legalized in the state of Washington. That state recently passed Senate Bill 5378, which would allow low-speed lanesplitting on multilane highways with medians. The bill’s next stop is the state’s House of Representatives. If it passes there, then lanesplitting will be allowed in a second state, meaning the US will finally be catching up to the rest of the civilized world. Except, of course, Canada, where no provinces are talking about legal lanesplitting — yet.



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