Lane Spitting Oregon ... START WRITING

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  1. DAKEZ

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    Write a letter or e-mail to the Oregon State Senators, asking their support for Senate Bill 0541.

    There's no particular date; just do it NOW! The last time a similar bill was written up for the Oregon Legislature, it died before even being voted on. WE CAN ALL prevent that from happening again! WE ALL must write to our state reps and ask for their support. Let us let them know that this is important for us.

    COPY & PASTE, and edit as you see fit :

    Dear Oregon State Representative,

    I am writing to encourage you to support Oregon Senate Bill 0541, introduced by Oregon Senator Larry George.

    As it&#8217;s practiced in California, lane-sharing offers a way to reduce congestion by creating an additional lane for motorcyclists to use when traffic is stopped or slow moving. It conserves energy in two ways. First, it keeps the motorcyclist and other traffic, to a lesser degree, moving. A moving vehicle is more energy efficient than a stopped vehicle plus the commute time is reduced further reducing energy use. Second, it promotes the motorcycle as an alternative form of transportation. Motorcycles get between 35-90 mpg which beats the average car, SUV, or light truck by a huge margin. Lane-sharing may actually be safer for the motorcyclist than being sandwiched between two larger vehicles in stop-and-go traffic. Additionally, some motorcycles (particularly air-cooled) don&#8217;t do well in a stopped or slow moving environment and must keep moving to avoid engine damage.

    One inexpensive, simple, effective, and immediate way to reduce traffic congestion is to permit motorcyclists to travel between two slow moving lanes of traffic. Doing so adds capacity to every existing four-lane road in the entire state of Oregon. In California where "lane-splitting" is legal, common place, and has been found to enhance motorcycle safety, it is embraced as a significant component of traffic congestion reduction.

    Proponents of lane splitting state the Hurt Report of 1981 reached the conclusion that lane splitting improves motorcycle safety by reducing rear end crashes. Lane splitting supporters also state that the US DOT FARS database shows that fatalities from rear end collisions into motorcycles are 30% lower in California than in Florida or Texas, states with similar riding seasons and populations but which do not lane split. The database is available online to the public. The NHSTA does say, based on the Hurt Report, that lane splitting "slightly reduces" rear-end accidents, and is worthy of further study due to the possible congestion reduction benefits.

    Thank you for your consideration of SB 0541.

    (Name)
    (Address)
    (City, State, zip code)
    (e-mail)

    Not sure who your Senator is? Click here to find out: http://<WBR>www.leg.state.or.us/<WBR>findlegsltr/

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    http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/mea...0541.intro.pdf
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  2. Rob.G

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    I'm still trying to reach Senator George to find out when this bill goes to committee. We need to get it through committee. And we do that by showing up IN PERSON to show support for it, and (optionally) testifying in its favor. I work two blocks from the capital, so I WILL be there once I can find out the date.

    If we get it through committee, it's then time to get everybody to start writing letters.

    Rob
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  3. Road Rash

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    Is that Eugene to Springfield commute gridlock starting to piss you off already? :lol3

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  6. Road Rash

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    Some like sitting in trafffic while on their bike :dunno
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  7. DAKEZ

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    It is the Left Lane Bandits on I-5 when I make a run up to P-town that get blown by on the dotted line. :D
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  8. scout18

    scout18 Been here awhile

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    Did you find out anything Rob?
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  9. Rob.G

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    Not yet. I've emailed him and even called his office. Nobody is returning my emails or calls. I'll try again soon and maybe even talk to some other senators to see if they can reach him.

    Maybe what I oughta do is walk over to his office (it's about two blocks away) and find out his schedule and intercept him. :)

    Rob
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  10. fatalpinist

    fatalpinist Muddy and Scratched

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    Wanted to bump this and add details for a similar bill in the Oregon House. Bill 3310 deals specifically with filtering only. But one is better than none.

    Relevant info:

    HB 3310: Currently in the Transportation and Economic Development Committee
    Membership:
    Tobias Read, Chair
    Cliff Bentz, Vice-Chair
    Chris Gorsek, Vice-Chair
    Kevin Cameron
    John Davis
    Margaret Doherty
    John Lively
    Caddy McKeown
    Nancy Nathanson
    Julie Parrish

    For SB 541: Currently in Business and Transportation Committee
    Membership:
    Lee Beyer, Chair
    Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair
    Chris Edwards
    Fred Girod
    Rod Monroe
    Chuck Thomsen

    Where to find your Legislator and Representative: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/

    California's Guide: http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/lanesplitguide.html

    And Oregon's 2010 inconclusive study:

    http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP_RES/docs/reports/2010/motorcycle_lane_sharing.pdf
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  11. tacosupreme

    tacosupreme Been here awhile

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    What is this "traffic" you speak of? You poor bastards should move to the free side of the state! (email sent to my State Senator)
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  12. Rob.G

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    Yeah but some of us need to live in the larger cities to be where the work is, so we'd appreciate being able to split.

    Rob
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  13. fatalpinist

    fatalpinist Muddy and Scratched

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    Don't tell me those pesky cattle drives don't create traffic jams!!!!!! :freaky :lol3
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  14. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Unlike PNWet drivers, the cattle seem willing to let you filter through as long as you are courteous. :D
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  15. tacosupreme

    tacosupreme Been here awhile

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    Ha! true. I did very nearly get nailed by a wild turkey last week. That's about the only traffic we have to worry about.
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    Rush Hour.

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