Colorado latest to consider lane-splitting for motorcycles
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Lane splitting, the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of traffic, has been a controversial topic for years. Recently, the state of Colorado proposed a bill that would study the effects of lane splitting and determine whether or not it should be legalized in the state. The bill would require the Colorado Department of Transportation to conduct a two-year study of lane splitting and report their findings to the state legislature.
If the bill is passed, Colorado would join California as the only states in the US that allow lane splitting. In California, lane splitting is legal as long as it is done safely and does not exceed 10 mph faster than surrounding traffic. Other states, such as Utah and Montana, have passed laws that allow for “lane filtering,” which is similar to lane splitting but is only allowed in certain circumstances, such as when traffic is stopped at a red light.
Proponents of lane splitting argue that it can reduce congestion and improve safety by allowing motorcycles to move through traffic more efficiently. They also point to studies that have shown that lane splitting is safer than sitting in traffic, as it reduces the risk of rear-end collisions. Opponents, on the other hand, argue that it is dangerous and can lead to accidents, as it requires motorcycles to maneuver through tight spaces between vehicles.
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The debate over lane splitting is likely to continue as more states consider legalizing the practice. While California is currently the only state that allows it, other states may follow suit as they seek to reduce congestion and improve safety on their roads. The proposed bill in Colorado is just one example of how states are grappling with this controversial issue, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for lane splitting in the US.
Currently, only a few states in the United States allow lane splitting or lane filtering. Here is a list of those states:
- California – Lane splitting is legal in California, as long as it is done safely and does not exceed 10 mph faster than surrounding traffic.
- Utah – Lane filtering is legal in Utah, but only in certain circumstances, such as when traffic is stopped at a red light.
- Montana – Lane filtering is legal in Montana, but only when traffic is stopped at a red light.
It is worth noting that some other states are currently considering legislation to legalize lane splitting or lane filtering, including Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.