Ahead of the 2020 riding season, lanesplitting is back in the news, with two US states considering legalizing the practice.
Proposals to legalize lanesplitting and filtering (lanesplitting is riding between moving cars, filtering is moving between stopped cars) have been popping up all over the US in the past few years, with Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Montana all looking at some form of legalization. The city of Toronto also examined the idea in 2018, although we haven’t heard anything since, and that probably means we’ll still have to wait a while for the practice to be legalized in Canada.
But, riders in Virginia and Arizona might see changes soon! Common Tread is reporting that lawmakers in both states are examining bills that would allow motorcycles to travel between moving cars (basically, when traffic’s slow or stopped, and only at low speeds, that sort of thing).
With Utah recently legalizing filtering, and even Hawaii granting a watered-down compromise (bikes can filter forward on the shoulder in certain situations), we are finally seeing movement forward on this issue, and it doesn’t seem to be dying down.
If you want lanesplitting or filtering in Canada, what can you do? Start by contacting the Canadian Motorcycle Association and the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, and ask their reps what those organizations are doing to help riders get ahead in traffic. You should also talk to your local MLA and get their advice on who to contact in government. Finally, there’s always social media; most geographic regions have riders’ Facebook pages, and some of them are even devoted to legalizing lanesplitting. Get involved, and get heard.