Legitimate lane splitting in California reached another milestone yesterday, as AB 51 passed the full California State Senate 38 to 0. It passed the Senate Transportation Committee 11 to 0 in June.
The bill aims to legitimize and codify the practice of lane sharing, or lane splitting, paving the way for the CHP and other organizations to make it a part of standard driver/rider education. Currently, lane sharing exists in a “if it’s not illegal, it’s legal” space in California, where riders are allowed to filter through traffic in a “reasonable” manner.
AB 51 will now go back to the California State Assembly, where it originated, for concurrence, a necessary step since it was amended from its original version. However, given that it was amended with heavy involvement from all involved parties, the bill is likely to pass. The final step is a signature from the Governor.
Supporters of the bill hope that it will not only open the door to legitimacy and, most importantly, driver/rider education, but that it will also lead other states to follow suit. Currently, California is the only U.S. state that allows lane splitting.
For more information on AB 51, visit lanesplittingislegal.com.