An Oregon Senate committee has agreed upon new legislation that would allow motorcycle and moped riders to lane split in traffic. The bill will now go before the Oregon Senate and if passed will then go to the House of Representatives. The committee that sponsored the bill is made up of six Republicans and one Democrat. Both the Oregon Senate and House are controlled by the Democrats.
If passed, the law would mean that Oregon would become the second State in the US to legalize lane splitting, but it does come with restrictions. Lane splitting would only be permissible as follows:
- On roads where the speed limit is 50 mph or greater;
- Traffic on that road is stopped or has slowed to a speed of 10 mph or less;
- The motorcycle operator or moped operator is driving in a cautious and prudent manner and is traveling at a speed of 20 miles per hour or less.
That’s unfortunate as it means that in the city or suburban areas with heavy traffic, riders would not be permitted to legally lane split. You can read the full bill here. Hopefully if it passes and is successful, the restrictions will be lifted to allow lane splitting on all roads.