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New Colorado law allows motorcycles to ride between lanes

Apr 5, 2024, 8:58 AM | Updated: 9:07 am

New Colorado law allows motorcycles to ride between lanes...

(Photo by Kevin Carter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Carter/Getty Images)

New Colorado law allows motorcycles to ride between lanes.

If you’ve driven is California or one of 15 other states and been surprised when a motorcycle comes up between cars stuck in traffic, it’s totally legal and now it’s ok to do in Colorado.

Motorcyclists in Colorado are now permitted to ride between vehicles, but there are specific rules to follow. Governor Jared Polis signed SB24-079 on Wednesday, allowing motorcycles to filter through cars only when they are stationary or moving at speeds below 15 miles per hour.

This practice, known as lane filtering, is only allowed if the lanes are wide enough for safe passing and the conditions are suitable for the maneuver. The law is set to expire on September 1, 2027, and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be tasked with gathering safety data over the next three years.

Now the states that allow “lane splitting” are: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Arkansas, Montana, Virginia, Missouri, Delaware, Texas, Idaho, Ohio, Connecticut, Arizona, Utah, Kentucky, Mississippi and Washington.

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