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Jul 21st 2018, 11:02 PM   #1
 
  May 2016
  Portland

Lane-sharing in Oregon

If you're willing to help legalize motorcycle lane-sharing in Oregon, please drop me a line via PM with your contact info (name, phone and/or email). Ideally, please also look up your state Senator and state Representative here, and let me know who they are: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/fi...districts.html. I'll follow up with you offline with more info.

Oregon's legislative session doesn't start until 2019, but right now we need folks who are willing and able to meet with their Senator and/or Representative over the next couple months, to both ask for their support, educate them, and serve as a point of contact for questions.

This work amounts to sending a couple emails and/or phone calls to your representatives, then meeting up with them and having a 5-10 minute conversation. Most representatives are happy to meet with constituents and learn about their concerns; most are also willing to meet over the weekend, if it's difficult to get time off of work.

Realistically, all this work amounts to a couple or few hours. I know this seems like a pain, but you'll get that time back real quick once lane-sharing is legalized.

Finally, I know this is a Portland-focused forum, but if you have friends outside the Portland area, please get them in touch with me. A vote's a vote, and we need to reach as many legislators as we can, all over the state. (Legislators want to hear from THEIR constituents.) We've already spoken with a number of representatives, but we need to talk to many more.

Thanks, Patrick
Jul 22nd 2018, 04:52 AM   #2
 
  Jun 2018
  portland

  650 v star
This has been tried for many years. Its never going to pass.
Jul 22nd 2018, 10:06 AM   #3
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
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Originally Posted by jeff
This has been tried for many years. Its never going to pass.
Just like all the people said back in the 80's and 90's........."MJ will never be legalized. It leads to worse drugs......yadda yadda.....yadda..."

It'll eventually pass............. as population is exploding, roads are gridlock and motorcyclist make a positive argument and meet with there representatives as patrino is suggesting.
Jul 22nd 2018, 02:51 PM   #4
 CrowGoat's Avatar
 
  Jul 2018
  Springfield

  WeeStrom
Just moved to Eugene from Bay Area in California. Lifetime rider down there.

Really tough in Oregon to NOT be able to split! It isn't too bad in the Eugene/Springfield area as there are not constant traffic jams like there are in the Bay Area (I heard Portland is nasty tho).

The main thing I miss here is filtering. Not splitting, filtering to the front of lights at stops.

FYI, here's a good link to the situation in California:

https://www.motorcyclelegalfoundatio...ng-guidelines/

I surmise the CHP (which are the coolest cops in the US btw) removed their guidelines due to some kind of legal/lawsuit threat. Pretty BS. There's a link in there to their guidelines before they had to remove them.



Anyway, I'd really like to see filtering as a first step in Oregon. Get that first, they try for regular freeway/traffic splitting later?

-Old Newbie
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Jul 23rd 2018, 07:37 AM   #5
 craiger's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Oi...bumper to bumper cagers on their phones, cagers who do not know how to merge in or out of on/off ramps, construction, heat, potholes, ruts, debris in the road. All lead to your friendly narrator committing acts of lawlessness unseen in these parts since the days of the wild west. Unfortunately, the above mentioned "obstacles" are facts of life in today's modern society. Again, unfortunately, modern life refuses to use common sense to alleviate some of these issues with common sense solutions. I don't have the energy or desire to do lawmakers' jobs for them. Yes, I understand that I, as a civilian, need to exercise my civic duties in order to enact change. I have seen the results of well-intentioned citizens' actions regarding lane-sharing/splitting/filtering over the years and the cager dominated legislature will never, I repeat, NEVER figure it out. No matter how many dozens of motorcyclists plead their case to their representatives. There is no sense of urgency, no common sense. Only tolls, excuses, whining, but..but..but.
Therefore, I take it upon myself to do what I must do to stay as safe as possible whilst committing these heinous crimes. I don't worry what cagers do anymore. I just pass them. One way or another. Matters to me not. In return, they can not worry about what/how I'm doing. I know this is folly, I care not. Be smart, be safe. Ride to arrive alive.
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Jul 23rd 2018, 10:27 AM   #6
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
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Originally Posted by Willow
It'll eventually pass............. as population is exploding, roads are gridlock and motorcyclist make a positive argument and meet with there representatives as patrino is suggesting.
Oh you wonderful, optimistic, naive person.

That would be nice.

BUt that aint this world.

As it gets worse the odds of getting lane splitting passed actually go DOWN because more folks feel as if a rider is getting away with something (i.e., not having to sit here in traffic like ME) by moving between cars.

They DO NOT CARE about logical arguments.

They feel HATE toward you when you are breezing by and they are sitting still.

It matters NOT that your movement actually reduces the traffic load.

It is ignorant, childish emotion that blocks this sensible change and nothing else.
Jul 23rd 2018, 10:52 AM   #7
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
They DO NOT CARE about logical arguments.

They feel HATE toward you when you are breezing by and they are sitting still.

It matters NOT that your movement actually reduces the traffic load.

It is ignorant, childish emotion that blocks this sensible change and nothing else.[/QUOTE]



And the above genius is talking only about the cagers...just imagine the unsaid contempt for our "elected officials". They care less than the aforementioned cagers.
Jul 23rd 2018, 01:21 PM   #8
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2009 F800GS
I've written letters & contacted my representatives for the last several years, and this bill hasn't gotten out of committee, unfortunately. I'm willing to try again; as a motorcycle commuter in PDX, lane-splitting massively improves anyone's commute.

It seems to me that the most strident opposition was from ODOT (which considers lane-splitting unsafe) and the interstate trucker's association last time. ODOT's opinion carrying a lot of weight, and several representatives stating that's what they went with....NOT from motorcyclists' comments, or even the lane splitting study done in CA, which I distributed to them.

The testimony from the trucker's association was a bit much. I can only imagine how tough their jobs can be, especially in thick traffic. However, much of the reasoning from their representative seemed more to deprive others of an option rather than to offer an idea for discussion. I don't have a specific memory of wording, but remember being more than a bit incensed.

Seems like there needs to be (even more) of an emphasis on rider safety to win these arguments. There are certainly incidents of bikers being hit from behind by a distracted driver. Some more of that testimony might make a difference.

However, still seems like a long shot to me - this isn't a light rail referendum, which seems to make it through just fine....
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Jul 23rd 2018, 02:11 PM   #9
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Agreed... too bad those riders that are smeared from behind can't get up there and preach to the never listening choir that they would not be where they are now if they were able to move up and away from clueless cagers.
Trucking association? They should not even be allowed to testify on that topic. Has nothing to do with them. It all boils down to imbecilic cagers whinging and crying that if I have to wait, EVERYONE has to wait. Hence I go when I wanna go. Fuck em all.
Jul 23rd 2018, 02:54 PM   #10
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2009 F800GS
Yeah, I was surprised about the trucking association having such a voice in the hearing, too. They wrote a position statement, and testified, I think.

The unwillingness of ODOT and some of the representatives to actually review new (to them) information was quite disappointing. I wasn't there, but read the transcripts afterward. Not heartening.
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Jul 23rd 2018, 04:25 PM   #11
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland

ODOT shouldn't be able to testify either, they're a part of the government, they work for us, and they should keep their pie holes shut.

Lane splitting passed the Senate two full sessions ago, and died in a House committee after ODOT regurgitated their petty jealousies all over it. It probably would have passed otherwise.
Jul 24th 2018, 06:43 AM   #12
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
And The Man does not like to give up tools and levers of control. More laws benefit The Controllers simply because it gives them more handles to grab you by. #Revenue
Jul 24th 2018, 08:17 AM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

This situation frustrates me and I don't even have to commute anymore since I am retired. But I retired from California, where I saw lane sharing working just fine. I don't see why it can't be accepted here when it has been demonstrated to work there and practically everywhere else in the world.
Jul 24th 2018, 09:53 AM   #14
 
  Feb 2016
  Oregon

Quote:
Originally Posted by craiger
Oi...bumper to bumper cagers on their phones, cagers who do not know how to merge in or out of on/off ramps, construction, heat, potholes, ruts, debris in the road. All lead to your friendly narrator committing acts of lawlessness unseen in these parts since the days of the wild west. Unfortunately, the above mentioned "obstacles" are facts of life in today's modern society. Again, unfortunately, modern life refuses to use common sense to alleviate some of these issues with common sense solutions. I don't have the energy or desire to do lawmakers' jobs for them. Yes, I understand that I, as a civilian, need to exercise my civic duties in order to enact change. I have seen the results of well-intentioned citizens' actions regarding lane-sharing/splitting/filtering over the years and the cager dominated legislature will never, I repeat, NEVER figure it out. No matter how many dozens of motorcyclists plead their case to their representatives. There is no sense of urgency, no common sense. Only tolls, excuses, whining, but..but..but.
Therefore, I take it upon myself to do what I must do to stay as safe as possible whilst committing these heinous crimes. I don't worry what cagers do anymore. I just pass them. One way or another. Matters to me not. In return, they can not worry about what/how I'm doing. I know this is folly, I care not. Be smart, be safe. Ride to arrive alive.


I totally agree, it seems the more aggressive I am the safer I am. Secondly, I commend the people working on this, but the problem is you need a Go Fund Me to buy off the politicians, cause thatís the only thing they ALL understand and not common sense.


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Jul 25th 2018, 04:37 AM   #15
 Texasl's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
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Originally Posted by Tuffy1982
I totally agree, it seems the more aggressive I am the safer I am. Secondly, I commend the people working on this, but the problem is you need a Go Fund Me to buy off the politicians, cause thatís the only thing they ALL understand and not common sense.


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Just out of curiosity, what have you done to address your elected representatives?
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