Motorcycle Riders Push for Legalized Lane Splitting in Washington State

Will motorcycle riders be able to lane split in Washington state? If House Bill 1515, sponsored by Rep. Drew MacEwen (R-Union) passes, then yes, they will. The new law would allow lane splitting when traffic is traveling 35 mph or less. Bikes wouldn't be allowed to lane split at speeds no more than 10 mph over that of traffic. The goal is to relieve traffic congestion.

This bill has bipartisan support, but the Washington State Patrol says the idea is dangerous: "Our concern is that they are riding in an unsafe area and a place that is not marked to drive," said Trooper Chris Webb. Webb adds that any motorcycle crash, no matter at what speed, always results in a serious or fatal injury.

On the other hand, some riders are praising the idea, saying lane splitting reduces rear impact collisions. California also allows lane splitting.