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Oregon legislature passes lane-filtering law

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  1. hungariantoast
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    To be honest, while this is a great start, I think its conditions could use some adjusting, and it should cover more scenarios than just extremely slow moving traffic on highways. Keep in mind...

    For those who don’t remember, SB 574 proposes legalizing lane sharing for motorcycles in Oregon when they are riding on a highway with a speed limit of 50 mph or higher; the flow of traffic is 10 mph or slower; and so long as the motorcyclist does not go faster than 10 mph than the traffic around them.

    To be honest, while this is a great start, I think its conditions could use some adjusting, and it should cover more scenarios than just extremely slow moving traffic on highways.

    Keep in mind that I live in Houston, so this is really just my wish list if this bill were to be passed here instead of Oregon:

    • Lane-filtering, passing between slow moving or stopped traffic, should not be limited to highways. Allowing motorcyclists to filter to the front of the line at a traffic light in town also saves lives and reduces congestion.

    • Lane-splitting, passing between moving vehicles at moderate or high speeds, should be allowed under sixty miles per hour so long as the rider keeps their speed difference with the vehicles they are passing within ten miles per hour.

    • Explicitly define that it is illegal to block or otherwise impede a motorcyclist.

    If anyone here rides in California, or anywhere else where lane-splitting is tolerated, I'd love your input.

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