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Feb 5th 2016, 01:24 PM   #1
 tod701's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Stanwood

Exclamation SB5623 Riding on shoulder of highways

Senate Substitute Bill SB5623 was passed by the Senate 34-15.
It now moves to the House of Representatives.

The original version would have allowed lane splitting and filtering to the front at intersections.

The substitute restricts passing to the left side of the left-most lane and only on divided state highways. Only when the traffic speed is 25 mph or less.

It would also open shoulder of the highway to motorcycles when it is open to use by public transit.

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SB 5623 - 2015-16
Feb 5th 2016, 01:28 PM   #2
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Nice. I just read about this, immediately came to the site, and you had already posted about it

It's not perfect, but it is a start. Any "start" typically will lead to full lane-splitting legalization, similar to the legal marijuana --> fully-legal marijuana process.

I commented again on the bill, just as I did last year...

Edited by albatrosscafe on Feb 5th 2016 at 01:44 PM
Feb 5th 2016, 01:53 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
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The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken, except on the left-hand side of a vehicle traveling in the left-most lane of traffic on a numbered state route that is a divided highway having two or more lanes of traffic in each direction separated by a physical barrier or unpaved median if the operator of the motorcycle is traveling at a rate of speed no more than ten miles per hour over the speed of traffic flow and not more than twenty-five miles per hour.
I'll take it! Suck it, HWY 26!
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Feb 5th 2016, 01:56 PM   #4
 liberpolly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Quote:
Originally Posted by tod701
Senate Substitute Bill SB5623 was passed by the Senate 34-15.
It now moves to the House of Representatives.

The original version would have allowed lane splitting and filtering to the front at intersections.

The substitute restricts passing to the left side of the left-most lane and only on divided state highways. Only when the traffic speed is 25 mph or less.

It would also open shoulder of the highway to motorcycles when it is open to use by public transit.

If you like this, follow the link and click on the comment box.

SB 5623 - 2015-16
I'll take what I can.
Feb 5th 2016, 02:02 PM   #5
 tunus's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  PDX

  bikes, all kinds.
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Originally Posted by wooden
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I'll take it! Suck it, HWY 26!
This is WA legislation, not OR. You'll still be stuck on HWY 26 unfortunately.
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Edited by tunus on Feb 5th 2016 at 02:19 PM Reason: spelling
Feb 5th 2016, 02:03 PM   #6
 JohnnyM's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Pullman, WA

  '73 CB350F, '86 VFR750F, '00 Aprilia RS250, '04 Aprilia RSV1000 R Factory(x2), '07 Star 1100 Classic
Commented, and sent notes to my state Reps/Senator in support.
Feb 5th 2016, 02:07 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Pullman, WA

  '73 CB350F, '86 VFR750F, '00 Aprilia RS250, '04 Aprilia RSV1000 R Factory(x2), '07 Star 1100 Classic
Quote:
Originally Posted by wooden
I'll take it! Suck it, HWY 26!
Quote:
Originally Posted by tunus
This is WA legislation, nor OR. You'll still be stuck on HWY 26 unfortunately.
Exactly my thoughts! I was all: "That road is two-lane and sucks anyway...why would you want to even think of somehow lane splitting on it, when passing is already a gamble in light traffic? Then there are the WSU home game weekends, parents weekends, homecoming, and three-day weekends when its full of students...damn...this is sounding dumber and dumber!"

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Feb 5th 2016, 02:10 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by tunus
This is WA legislation, nor OR. You'll still be stuck on HWY 26 unfortunately.
Ahhhh pants.... Well, I guess it'll be better for the one or two times a year I get stuck in traffic in Olympia/Tacoma on my way to Issaquah?

Hopefully this passes in Washington and spurs similar legislation to pass in Oregon, too.
Feb 5th 2016, 02:22 PM   #9
DGA
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  An Ape and a Husky
That's awesome. The thing that sucks though...there is so much gravel, rocks, bbq sauce, metal, etc., on the shoulders to ride over that it can be a very eye opening experience.
Feb 5th 2016, 02:28 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
Quote:
Originally Posted by DGA
there is so much gravel, rocks, bbq sauce, metal, etc
erm... what?
Feb 5th 2016, 02:35 PM   #11
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Issaquah

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigs
erm... what?
What, you've never come home and found your dog licking the BBQ Sauce off of your back tire?

If anything, all the obstructions will essentially "force" motorcyclists to take this slowly, which is good. Hopefully it will give us a good rep and drivers will be more willing to allow us to actually split lanes & filter at lights.
Feb 5th 2016, 02:42 PM   #12
DGA
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  An Ape and a Husky
Also, some shoulders have that built in ribbing for your riding pleasure. It's really tantalizing once you hit it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigs
erm... what?
You know, when you biff it, it was not due to what you were doing of course, but the BBQ sauce you rode over.
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Feb 5th 2016, 03:02 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Quote:
Originally Posted by DGA
That's awesome. The thing that sucks though...there is so much gravel, rocks, bbq sauce, metal, etc., on the shoulders to ride over that it can be a very eye opening experience.
You left out illegal gravel...

Feb 5th 2016, 03:05 PM   #14
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigs
erm... what?
'16's....

Oh, wait, that's all of us!
Feb 5th 2016, 03:12 PM   #15
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Hate it, but...and that's a great big but.

It is a start, an easy way for people in cars to get use to two things: Motorcycles doing something they can't on a packed freeway and to get comfortable with motorcycles close to them at lower speeds.

Also, at least in areas where transit is allowed to run the shoulder, hopefully a cleaner area to ride in. Some of the stuff I've seen sitting on the left shoulder would jst flat out destroy a bike and rider.

Give it a couple years to track it, crack down hard on those who act like dipshits while doing it, and then lets try for full splitting abilities.
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