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Here at MO, we are strong proponents of lane splitting. Not a day goes by in which we don’t filter between the lines of slower moving or stopped cars. In the process, we’re also easing congestion and protecting ourselves from being rear-ended by distracted drivers. So, naturally, we were excited last year when we heard of California bill AB 51 was making the rounds in an effort to codify the act of lane splitting by giving it a set of clear rules for riders to follow. One of the primary benefits of the rules would be that they would make it possible to educate the driving public about lane splitting.

Unfortunately, the bill was pulled last July at the request of its author, California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, because of fears that it would not pass. Since that time, Quirk has worked on changing the language of the bill to a form that will improve its chance of passing. According to LaneSplittingIsLegal.com, an organization devoted to promoting lane splitting, the wording has changed to a much less specific recipe for legal lane splitting to a more generalized one. The result is a bill that maintains lane splitting’s legality by virtue of not being explicitly illegal while giving the CHP the option of developing and distributing educational guidelines for riders and the driving public to better understand safe lane splitting.

In a mockup of the amended version of AB 51 produced by LaneSplittingIsLegal.com, the specifics of the top speed and the speed differential between the motorcycle and other traffic have been removed. In their place, the mandate for CHP to create guidelines to educate the public is inserted: 'The California Department of Highway Patrol may develop educational guidelines relating to lane splitting in a manner that would ensure the safety of the motorcyclist and the drivers and passengers of the surrounding vehicles.'

Additionally, the agencies that the CHP is to consult in developing the guidelines includes not only the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, and the Office of Traffic Safety, but it also lists the requirement of consulting with a 'motorcycle organization focused on motorcyclist safety.' So, we assume the organization selected would be either the AMA or the MSF, giving actual motorcyclists an active say in the development of lane splitting guidelines – which is very good news!

These changes were scheduled to be submitted to committee yesterday, May 31, 2016, but at the time of publication, the bill’s page on the California Legislative Information website had not been updated. Interested parties can track the progress of the bill there. California residents who want to contact their representative can search here. Those who want to contact Assemblyman Quirk’s office can visit his web site.
Read more about the California Bill AB 51 Codifying Lane Splitting To Be Introduced To Committee at Motorcycle.com.
 

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Washington State has been laboring over a Senate Bill. Maybe this bill in California will help the process move along here at home. SB5623 and Companion Bill HB1515. Its been in for about a year and a half. The re-writes of the original Bill are lets say unique.



SB 5623 - 2015-16 Follow actions on this bill: Gov Delivery notifications RSS Notifications | Gov Delivery notifications E-mail Notifications | Comment on this bill

Modifying the operation of motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.

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History of the Bill
as of Monday, June 6, 2016 2:22 PM

Sponsors: Senators Sheldon, Angel, Miloscia, Becker, Warnick, Conway
Companion Bill: HB 1515

2015 REGULAR SESSION
Jan 26 First reading, referred to Transportation. (View Original Bill)
Feb 3 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 PM. (Committee Materials)
Feb 25 Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 1:30 PM. (Committee Materials)
Feb 27 TRAN - Majority; 1st substitute bill be substituted, do pass. (View 1st Substitute) (Majority Report)
Minority; do not pass. (Minority Report)
Minority; without recommendation. (Minority Report)
Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.
Mar 3 Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.
Mar 5 1st substitute bill substituted (TRAN 15). (View 1st Substitute)
Floor amendment(s) adopted.
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed; yeas, 35; nays, 14; absent, 0; excused, 0. (View Roll Calls) (View 1st Engrossed)
IN THE HOUSE
Mar 9 First reading, referred to Transportation (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
Apr 24 By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.
2015 1ST SPECIAL SESSION
IN THE SENATE
Apr 29 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
2015 2ND SPECIAL SESSION
May 29 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
2015 3RD SPECIAL SESSION
Jun 28 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
2016 REGULAR SESSION
Jan 11 By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Feb 2 Placed on third reading by Rules Committee.
Feb 5 Rules suspended.
Returned to second reading for amendment.
Floor amendment(s) adopted.
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed; yeas, 34; nays, 15; absent, 0; excused, 0. (View Roll Calls) (View 2nd Engrossed)
IN THE HOUSE
Feb 10 First reading, referred to Transportation (Not Officially read and referred until adoption of Introduction report).
Mar 10 By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.
2016 1ST SPECIAL SESSION
IN THE SENATE
By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
 

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Gee, something positive for once....or at least not negative.

Thought for sure I'd read this to find they outlawed it.....I'm so used to our gun rights being taken away :roeyes:
 
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Well we'll have to see if it's good news or not. Once a law is written, discretion is reduced. Also, sometimes laws are written one way with plans for "improvement" later. I'd rather have silence on an issue than legislation.
 

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June 14th 2016... California Lane Splitting Bill AB 51 Has Passed Senate Transportation Committee.
I wish Oregon would get up off their butts and make lane splitting legal. I think something passed in 2015 and we are waiting on next approval... trying to find a link.
 
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