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Sunday, May 24, 2015

CA - CALIFORNIA -Motorcyclists who lane-split may soon have to slow down

Emily Valdez
Well, no one can say we didn't try to work with this politician. It just goes to show that the will of the people takes a back seat to politics as usual.
Now it is time to try and get this bill killed and revisit Assembly Member Quirk when elections come around. Below is Section 1 of the amendment to AB 51 that just passed the Assembly floor today. 35 MPH with a 15 MPH speed differential just WON'T do..
Section 21658.1 is added to the Vehicle Code

(a) A motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, that has
two wheels in contact with the ground may be driven between rows
of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including both
following conditions are present:
(1) The motorcycle is not driven at a speed of more than 50
miles per hour.
(2) The motorcycle is not driven more than 15 miles per hour
4faster than the speed of traffic moving in the same direction.
(b) This section does not authorize a motorcycle to be driven
in contravention of other laws relating to the safe operation of a

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SAN DIEGO - A bill before the California State Assembly wants to put the brakes on motorcycles who zip past slower cars.

California is the only state in the nation where lane-splitting is legal.

“It often seems really dangerous,” driver Rahel Gottlieb said.

If AB 51 passes, motorcyclists would only be able to lane-split if traffic is moving slower than 30 miles-per-hour. Motorcyclist would also only be allowed to go 10 mph faster than the flow of traffic.

Motorcyclists will tell you that the big danger of lane-splitting is often the other drivers. Proponents argue that it is safe and it saves time and gas.

“I don't have a problem with other people splitting lanes, it's just not something I would choose to do if I didn't have to,” recreational motorcyclist Landon Harlen said.

The bill was introduced April 30 and is currently in its third reading in the Assembly. If it passes, it will move to the Senate.