2015-16 Legislative Bills Related to Motorcycles/Motorcyclists

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  1. dirtwigle

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    Looks like it's still alive in a somewhat truncated form.

    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Motorcycle riders would get preferential treatment on some highways during traffic jams under a bill that has the support of the state Senate.

    The bill would give motorcyclists permission to drive on the far left shoulders of divided highways when traffic is moving under 25 miles an hour.

    “It really is about relieving congestion,” said Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Mason County, the bill’s sponsor.

    Sheldon tried passing a bill last year that would have allowed what’s known as “lane splitting,” allowing bikers to ride between cars stopped in traffic.

    That bill failed.

    He said this proposal would alleviate traffic and make highways safer for motorcycle riders in heavy traffic.

    ”When congestion basically stops traffic, a motorcyclist… they’re vulnerable to over-heating as well as being rear-ended,” said Sheldon.

    The Washington State Patrol testified against last year's bill and will again if Sheldon’s bill gets a hearing in the House of Representatives.

    “I think there’s too much risk,” said Sgt. Paul Cagle, who thinks any traffic relief won’t be worthwhile.

    “We’re going to see fatalities go up,” he said.

    Cagle said the shoulders routinely have debris in them and troopers likes having those areas to themselves while responding to emergencies.
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  2. tod701

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    While SB5623 is technically not dead, it is for all practical purposes.

    It will not get out of the House Transportation Committee.
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  3. Trinity_Session

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    Glad to see the WSP is still fear-mongering rather than trying to help with the gridlock situation.
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    I wrote both of my representives using the link in this thread and received favorable responses in return. I thought the WSP was responsible for law enforcement...........
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    The WSP has morphed into the form of a Washington State Revenue Collection bureau. All the data they give about lane splitting being more dangerous has been proven incorrect yet they come out year after year with it and try to "protect the public" from lane splitting.
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    That happen when Gary Locke was Governor.

    He brought in a new head of WSP from somewhere down south that promised that he could turn the WSP into a source of revenue instead of a burden on the state budget.
    The number of speeding tickets tripled in just the first year.
    Other harder to convict infractions went down.

    The concept of "to serve and protect" went in the toilet.
    There are still some good officers out there, but to do the right thing often means that they have to act contrary to company policy.
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  7. Gyrene84

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    How do they figure motorcycle fatalities will increase? I spent the last six years lane splitting in CA with no incidents. During that time a friend of mine up here was rear ended totalling his bike. I would be willing to bet CA has less motorcycle fatalities/accidents per riding capita than here, though that could be because bikes are less prevolent here.
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  9. Gyrene84

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    Looks like I'm probably right. As a total, more in California, but per capita more Washington. A lot of people in CA average more miles ridden per year as well. When I lived there I was putting on over 20,000mi a year, here I average less than 10,000mi.
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    Here is an excerpt,


    "Lane-splitting appears to be a relatively safe motorcycle riding strategy if done in traffic moving at 50 MPH or less and if motorcyclists do not exceed the speed of other vehicles by more than 15 MPH. A significant number of motorcyclists lane-split in fast-moving traffic or at excessive speed differentials. These riders could lower their risk of injury by restricting the environments in which they lane-split and by reducing their speed differential when they do choose to lane- split. "
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    I received an email back from my state rep about my comment on SB 5623, in summary, they "appreciated the opportunity to hear my thoughts but did not sit in when the bill was heard."

    I guess I'll just keep lane splitting through Seattle traffic like before.
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    Maybe that is because after the bill was passed by the Senate, it was never granted a hearing in the House of Representatives.
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    The Washington State Legislature has adjourned for 2016 after a brief special session.

    The good news is that the budget legislation includes a sizable increase in the Nonhighway and Offroad Vehicle Activities (NOVA) account allocation.
    The NOVA fund allocation has been increased by over a million dollars a year. This reflects the Nonhighway and ORV portion of the overall gas tax increase passed by the Legislature last year. We expect a similar additional increase next year too. This is a significant accomplishment considering that the last few gas tax increases did not include an increased NOVA allocation.

    The DNR will also receive almost a million dollars a year more in their ORV fund allocation.

    There was no aggressively anti-ORV legislation proposed this year and this may be a result of the NMA and WOHVA diligently defending our sport in previous years. That said, we cannot let down our guard or the anti-ORV people will quickly be back on the attack.
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    good bad or indifferent WA State Patrol ‏@wastatepatrol tweeted this out yesterday. they must be nervous that it could happen.
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  16. Trinity_Session

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    Or it could just be a lame attempt at collecting info so they can say "hey, we tried."
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  17. tomasv

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    Just tweeted back at them, we will see what they respond with
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  18. eXe

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    Nice...show the idiot going way too fast and crashing as your last scene, then ask, "Good or Bad?". I'm pretty sure I know what opinion they want you to have.

    In other news....Ridiculousness reigned yesterday: I was riding home from work & had bikes going up the left AND right shoulders in addition to a couple bikes lane splitting. If splitting is legalized, then at least these riders' behavior would be somewhat predictable.
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  19. dondesmo

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    I'm for lane splitting. I worked a job in SoCal in '81 thru '83 and adjusted to lane splitting. I never witnessed a motorcycle accident and I commuted 15 miles one way daily on the 405. Now whenever I travel to Cal I lane split.
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  20. Gyrene84

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    The end of the video showed a crash where the rider was travelling at an unsafe speed in a state that doesn't allow lane splitting, media biased much?

    In other news, I saw a bike travelling down the left shoulder on I-5 yesterday every time the traffic slowed to below 30mph he would pop onto the shoulder, when it sped up he would jump back in. I stayed in traffic, not risking a ticket.
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