Lane Splitting Proposed in Colorado
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Matt Worrel, of Lakewood, Colorado, is seeking to get an initiative on his state's 2008 ballot, to make lane-splitting legal.
According to KKCO 11 News, specifics of the law would allow motorcyclists to "weave in and out of traffic" under the following conditions...
Motorcyclists are only allowed to weave through cars if they are traveling at less than half the posted speed limit, and they can only pass at ten miles more than the slowest moving car.
Interestingly, another news publication, The Daily Sentinel, says the ballot initiative is headed up by a different person, Michael Graves.
Either way, in order for the ballot to reach public vote, proponents need to collect 76,047 signatures.
The amendment to act to allow lane splitting that would go for a referendum
The proposed legislation reads like this
Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado:
Section 42-4-1503 (2) and (3), Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended, and the said 42-4-1503 is further amended by the addition of a new subsection:
42-4-1503. Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic.
(2) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake or pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken except as provided by subsection (7) of this section.
(3) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles except as provided by subsection (7) of this section.
(7) THE OPERATOR OF A MOTORCYCLE MAY OPERATE THE MOTORCYCLE BETWEEN LANES OF TRAFFIC MOVING IN THE SAME DIRECTION DURING PERIODS OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION IF THE OPERATOR:
(a) IS AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD;
(b) HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A STATE APPROVED MOTORCYCLE OPERATOR TRAINING AND SAFETY COURSE;
(c) OPERATES THE MOTORCYCLE:
(I) AT A SPEED NOT MORE THAN TEN MILES PER HOUR OVER THE SPEED OF THE OTHER TRAFFIC;
(II) IN TRAFFIC THAT IS MOVING AT LESS THAN ONE HALF THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT;
(III) IN A LOCATION OTHER THAN A SCHOOL CROSSING ZONE OR OTHER THAN A LOCATION WHERE THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT IS 20 MILES PER HOUR OR LESS;
(d) DISPLAYS AN INDICATOR OF COMPLIANCE, IN THE FORM OF A STICKER OR SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE TO BE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE UPON BEING PROVIDED PROOF OF COMPLIANCE BY THE OPERATOR.
Interesting if Colorado got this to pass it would perhaps start some momentum in other states, would pay a permit fee to split