Lane-Splitting Bill introduced in Arizona

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  1. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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    The Arizona state senate is working on lane-splitting bill.

    SB 1007:

    https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/2R/bills/SB1007P.htm

    I suggest everyone who supports the bill call/email their state senator and tell them to pass it. To determine your state senator is a two-step process :

    1. Find your legislative district here:

    https://azredistricting.org/districtlocator/

    2.
    Find your you district here which will list your state senator's contact info.

    https://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster/?body=S

    If you click on the "district" column on the webpage it sorts the list by district.
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    That's great, now if we could only get Nevada on board with this.
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    thats the idea.

    Get it to pass in one or two other states, then let the dominoes fall!

    :clap

    Why do I get the feeling the Washington is going to be a big holdout. Their traffic stuff has always seemed more oppressive up there...
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    Fingers crossed!
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    Here is my letter:

    Hello Senator Bedford,

    Please support Senator Farnsworths bill SB1007.

    I have seen much negativity in the fake news from those scared of change. Most of the European Countries have lane sharing/splitting for motorcycle drivers. I believe that motorcycle fatalities dropped after they introduced lane sharing in California and other places.

    I have lived in Los Angeles area and lane splitting is a life saving option for motorcycle drivers. When stuck in heavy stop and go traffic is when a motorcyclist is vulnerable. No place to hide and you get run over from behind by a texting cage driver. Not cool. When driving on the freeways in California, I could see the motorist make way for me upcoming between the traffic. They are courteous drivers for the most part, and if a hateful motorist opens a door to cause harm to the driver of a motorcycle filtering, stiff penalties are levied on the assailant. There are laws for opening car doors into traffic already. People still do it to bicyclists, so it is nothing new for motorcycles.

    Lane splitting, filtering is good for the environment. It is good for congestion even for cars, everybody wins. Adding filtering is like adding another lane of traffic in that direction. More people will get through the light vs waiting in line and overheating the bike. It's a win/win for cars and bikes and the environment.

    Those drivers who drive in a haze, need to wake up, and quit making excuses for bad driving habits. I feel that before you get a car license you should have to pass a motorcycle test. I doubt you could get that bill passed, so let's just make life a little safer for the motorcycle driver.

    It may take a little time for the AZ drivers get used to sharing the road with motorcycles, but they will. It's time that car dirvers wake up and pay attention on the road, so the excuses have to stop.

    We have the weather to drive most of the year. Let's go green!!!



    Best Regards,
    Dave

    I sent a similar one to fake news kold. Made sure I told them they only reported one side and they should contact business owners (motorcycle) and get their opinions too. I asked them to do some actual reporting LOL.
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    Nicely done Dave.
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    Out of curiosity, is CA currently the only US state to allow splitting?
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    Unfortunately.
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    Seems one of the few things California got right.
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    Dear Dave

    Thank you for your letter regarding SB1007

    I'm afraid it will have to lose 100 lbs. and gain 20 horsepower before I'll vote for it.

    Sincerely
    Senator Bedford
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    I have lived and been riding in California for over 30 years now. Got stationed at Camp Pendleton in the 80's and stayed when I retired for the kids. I now ride to work about three days a week and over the years have seen a few accidents which seemed to be the result of daredevil riders most of the time. If I couldn't lane split I would go crazy with the traffic. Having said that I have also ridden in Arizona allot and would just mention that if this passes I would be very very careful splitting lanes for a few years on your highways. I have experienced some really crazy drivers around Phoenix. I would be very nervous until drivers learn to look for motorcycles splitting lanes.
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    it is my humble opinion that filtering, when done with proper caution is a million fucking times safer than riding without a helmet! but thats just me with my 32 yrs of riding experience in southern california....lane split and legalize cannabis and this just might be paradise on earth!
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    Riding without a helmet is not an issue, crashing without one is.
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    Stupid riders will be stupid riders regardless of what laws are in place. Laws have never deterred stupid riders from doing whatever they want.

    The freeways here are incredibly wide. There is a double line between the hov lane and the rest of the lanes in which one could fit 3 bikes.

    I don't believe for a single second that drivers here are any worse than in any other major city in the US.

    Just like every mile one rides, you should always ride like everyone is trying to kill you. When traffic grinds to a halt I don't see how cars can be any more threatening than when one is following traffic at 80mph.

    I wrote my rep a week ago and haven't even received an automatic response. Typical.
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    I'd have to agree that you would have to be real careful for awhile till cagers get used to the idea.....let the squids get the Darwin awards. I will disagree with cagers having to get a bike license first....better bike awareness in the classes and test is all that's needed otherwise why not make cagers and bikes get a commercial drivers license before they get the other.....only costs a couple of thousand dollars? Also no big bikes would be available new for a while as manufacturers would only be making low seat height 250's to fill the needs of all the motorcycle training schools :(
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    There has been another bill introduced to allow lane splitting. SB 1015, was introduced by Sen. Kavenaugh. Unlike SB 1007 which struck language from the law that would allow lane splitting, this one has some different language. The main difference is that you would have to be wearing a helmet to enjoy the benefits of lane splitting...there are also some specific speed and location restriction as well.
    https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/2R/bills/SB1015P.htm
    https://www.abc15.com/news/state/se...ills-on-lane-splitting-laws-for-motorcyclists
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