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Jan 15th 2021, 12:11 PM   #1
 tod701's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Stanwood

Exclamation Highway shoulder riding legislation

House Bill HB1254 has been introduced by Representative Ed Orcutt.
It would allow a motorcycle rider to ride on the right shoulder of a limited access highway / freeway as long as traffic is going less than 25 mph and the rider is not going more than 10 mph faster than the traffic.

If you like the idea, follow the link and click on the comment box and let both of your House of Representatives member know.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?B...alse&Year=2021
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Jan 15th 2021, 08:20 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  Gig Harbor

  BMW F650GS / BMW R12R
Seems like a great option if you get a kick out of fixing flat tires.
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Jan 16th 2021, 05:46 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
So you mean it is not OK now?? I have been doing this for, oh, about 40 years to get around gridlock or get to the front of a construction backup.

No flats, one ticket. Stupid AND lucky.
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Jan 16th 2021, 09:32 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZXtasy
So you mean it is not OK now?? I have been doing this for, oh, about 40 years to get around gridlock or get to the front of a construction backup.
I've seen flaggers give bikers shit for that, particularly if there's a pilot car and you can't just take off when she turns the sign.

Edited by WarpShatner7 on Jan 16th 2021 at 02:04 PM
Jan 16th 2021, 02:16 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM,
I'll take riding on the shoulder any day over sitting in traffic!

I've been riding on the shoulder for almost 40 years (on the non motorized two wheels) day and night...........rarely do I get flats.........
No, this isn't just taking a little ride around the block on the shoulder type riding either.
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Jan 29th 2021, 06:54 AM   #7
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  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
If you dont know who your legislator is this will be a good time to find out. And..when you contact them stress the safety aspect of this bill. Riders not being rear ended and removing them from the traffic flow. Go to leg.wa.gov, there you'll find a link to locate your rep. There's also a place to plug in the bill # if you want to read the full text HB1254
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Edited by Akdawg on Jan 29th 2021 at 06:57 AM
Jan 29th 2021, 08:12 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Stanwood

Other talking points:

It would allow motorcycle riders to get out of congested traffic quicker, freeing up roadway space for cars, trucks and buses. This provides a small bit of traffic congestion relief.

It would reduce the amount of time motorcycles sit in traffic with their engines running. This reduces pollution and everyone benefits from that.

Edited by tod701 on Jan 30th 2021 at 06:46 AM
Jan 29th 2021, 08:14 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Stanwood

Exclamation

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Originally Posted by Akdawg
There's also a place to plug in the bill # if you want to read the full text HB1254
And you can click on the comment box and let you Legislators know what you think.

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?B...itiative=false
Jan 29th 2021, 09:11 AM   #10
 
  Apr 2017
  Seattle

  DL650A
I like it. My state rep (Roger Goodman) is one of the sponsors.
Jan 29th 2021, 02:47 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  here

  there
Legalize lane sharing, yes.

Legalize shoulder riding, no. Safety being first and foremost. Shoulder is where all vehicles go for non travel related things. And, riders will not obey the 25 mph/10mph limit.
Jan 29th 2021, 05:54 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Multistrada Pikes Peak, VFR800, VStrom 650, TE 610
Quote:
Originally Posted by jared p
Legalize lane sharing, yes.

Legalize shoulder riding, no. Safety being first and foremost. Shoulder is where all vehicles go for non travel related things. And, riders will not obey the 25 mph/10mph limit.
I encourage you to vote for it so that others can do it. I much prefer shoulder riding as opposed to lane sharing because it feels safer to me. You certainly don't have to do it anymore than I would have to lane share, but let's work together for the overall goals.
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Jan 30th 2021, 06:53 AM   #13
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  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
Quote:
Originally Posted by jared p
Legalize lane sharing, yes.

Legalize shoulder riding, no. Safety being first and foremost. Shoulder is where all vehicles go for non travel related things. And, riders will not obey the 25 mph/10mph limit.
Im looking at the shoulder bill as a stepping stone to lane sharing. After it works for a while and the projected carnage doesnt appear we can push for full lane sharing.
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Feb 2nd 2021, 09:19 AM   #14
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle

  '14 KTM Duke 690, '18 BMW R12RS, '05 BMW R12ST
Horrible idea. Shoulders are littered with tire-damaging debris, often paved with leftover tarmac or concrete and not graded smooth as the traffic lanes.

Anywhere on your local interstate: Pull over and stop, take a close look at the shoulder's surface. I wouldn't ride any sustained distance, won't be there unless I'm forced, for emergency evasive action.

If this law allows lane sharing, then we're onto something. Simply relegating bikes to the worst surface available won't be good for anyone.

Edited by FireDave on Feb 2nd 2021 at 09:22 AM
Feb 2nd 2021, 10:42 AM   #15
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  Sep 2018
  Lacey

  Indian Roadmaster
Quote:
Originally Posted by FireDave
Horrible idea. Shoulders are littered with tire-damaging debris, often paved with leftover tarmac or concrete and not graded smooth as the traffic lanes.

Anywhere on your local interstate: Pull over and stop, take a close look at the shoulder's surface. I wouldn't ride any sustained distance, won't be there unless I'm forced, for emergency evasive action.

If this law allows lane sharing, then we're onto something. Simply relegating bikes to the worst surface available won't be good for anyone.
I agree, I've spent a lot of time on those shoulders. On the flip side though, if this is legalized, and demonstrative problems with debris, etc can be shown, it could open the door for expanding it to lane filtering.

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