Lane Splitting Bill Passes In Washington Senate

Lane splitting has been a controversial topic in the States for a very long time. The reason is simple. While it’s legal in many parts of the World, it’s illegal almost across the entire country. There’re hardly any states in the US where lane-splitting is legal, with California being the most notable exception.

Consequently, there’s this notion in the minds of the public, and especially car drivers that lane-splitting is rash, stupid, and bad for everybody’s safety and the traffic. However, recent empirical studies have shown that it’s actually safer for bikers to be splitting lanes than being stuck in traffic. Needless to say, it also betters the flow of the traffic.

Washington State Senate
Washington State Senate

Back in January 2017, bills proposing to legalize lane splitting were tabled in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Montana. The Washington State Senate has finally passed the bill tabled before it. The Senate Bill 5378 is now in the hands of the House Transportation Committee, after which it’ll move to the House of Representatives for a vote.

If the bill passes in its current form, it’ll be a great relief for motorcyclists in Washington. The bill permits lane-sharing upto speeds of 25mph. The maximum permitted differential speed has been kept at 10mph. So, don’t forget to reach out to Representative Judy Clibborn’s office at (360) 786-7926 and make your support counted for the noble initiative!

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  1. this is the most stupid bill ever. It needs to stay illegal, lane splitting increases accidents and deaths. It does not make traffic move smoother and bikers can wait in traffic like the rest of us have to. They are no exception to anything.

    • Would that your statements were anything other than just the typical knee jerk reaction that most car drivers have.

      If you actually look at the literature, you’ll see that done within recommended guidelines, it IS safer for riders, and affects traffic not insignificantly!

      Legalize lane sharing and reduce the number of “cars” in line, helping you get home sooner! What’s not to like?

    • Hmmm, I ride my 1973 Honda 350 twin, What do you ride? I also have an Ebike for local trips to the supermarket with a basket for groceries on the back. Again what do you ride?
      How much have you traveled? Visit London ,England or Barcelona, I’ve been to both recently & watch with your own eye’s how they integrate the traffic flow. Not been to the Asian countries where (Videos) of whole families are riding in traffic on a bike. Q? What give you the right & Honestly? Do you Even know how to ride a motor Bike? C.

  2. Michelle. you are incorrect. you are coming up with your own conclusion with no facts. It is been proven through research that is it safer for a motorcycle to filter between cars when traffic is at low speeds. I have lived in many places around the world and it works. It is better for all traffic.

    Your comment is simply ignorant, and it obvious that you are selfish.

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