It’s too lenient.
No, it’s too restrictive.
Those two dual and polar-opposite perspectives regarding the so-called practice of motorcycle lane-splitting are at least in part what reportedly and summarily stalled a legislative bill regarding that subject last summer in California.
We noted the for-one-moment “clear momentum” of Assembly Bill 51 in our July 29, 2015, blog entry, as it seemed poised to sail through the California State Legislature.
And then that momentum abruptly stalled, with the bill’s author taking the legislation off the table for its alleged need of further deliberation and potential revision.
And so the matter stands, with no lane-splitting law in effect in California nearly eight months after an enactment seemed to many people to be a nearly done deal.
Is motorcycle lane-splitting and its safety rationale permanently shelved subject matter, or is there a likelihood for the topic to be revisited any time soon?
Persons with a gambling streak might want to bet on the latter, given the clear support that AB 51 had among many state legislators, coupled with strongly supportive conclusions for its enactment that were voiced in a widely cited university safety study.
A recent media article discussing lane-splitting states that legislators “may take up the issue again.” As has been often noted, no American state has formally enacted any lane-splitting law, although — and even in its absence — the lack of any statutory provision addressing the matter has not stopped legions of California riders from engaging in the practice for many years.
If lane-splitting once again becomes a front-burner issue in California, we’ll be sure to keep readers fully apprised of the details.