We reported back in October that SB 350, the California Senate Bill that would have regulated lane splitting, was essentially dead. A staffer in bill sponsor Jim Beall’s office told us:
Senator Beall does not plan to take any action on the bill next year in light of the lane-splitting guidelines issued by the California Highway Patrol. He wants to evaluate how well the guidelines work and as well as their effectiveness, which may obviate the need for any legislation.
This was confirmed by Erin Riches, a consultant with the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee:
They have to move it [the bill] by the end of January or it’ll be dead.
We spoke to Riches again earlier this week and she confirmed the bill would not be heard and would therefore be dead at the end of January—today. It’s officially time to celebrate. The deadline has passed—SB 350 is dead, dead, DEAD!
We lane splitters are in the clear for now, but it’s likely we’ll face this challenge again—lane splitting is an easy target for politicians looking to score points with California drivers who are frustrated with “idiots on donor-cycles” that “come out of nowhere” and “weave in and out of traffic” and “cut in line.” Broken record time: riders must be good ambassadors for lane splitting and motorcycling in general. Pay attention to the CHP lane splitting guidelines: keep your speed differential reasonable, don’t split when traffic is moving too fast, maintain a consistently high awareness of your surroundings on the road. Those of you who split crazy-fast and regularly hit mirrors while crying about how the “damn cagers” are always cutting you off—cut it out.
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