Arizona Legalizes Lane Filtering

Utah Sees Success, Extends Their Own Lane Filtering Laws

A view of motorcyclists lane splitting

Arizona has been eying the success Utah has been experiencing with their lane-filtering experiment – and as of last week, they’ve started their own little coup d’état to accompany Utah’s renewal of the practise. 

A view of motorcyclists lane splitting

“ABATE of Arizona put up a strong showing to successfully get this law signed,” says the American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) Western States Representative Nicholas Haris in a report from RRW.

“It is a welcome sight to see more states adopting commonsense safety laws that protect motorcyclists when they are most vulnerable to a collision. The AMA is committed to working with riders nationwide on efforts to pass similar legislation and educating the public about its benefits.”

A view of motorcyclists lane splitting

The signing of H.B. 10 was performed on March 22nd, showing that the initial experiment in Utah not only worked, but is worth an extension of an additional five years of research “to allow state officials to review the practice and gather data on its safety benefits.” 

A view of motorcyclists lane splitting

“I am very happy to have the support of the Department of Public Safety and of the legislature to extend lane filtering for an additional five years,” adds Rep. Brooks. 

“The original sunset of three years, and dealing with COVID, did not provide the data needed to remove the sunset. I am confident that as riders use lane filtering properly over the next five years, the general public will become familiar with the practice and the data will prove this is a good policy for Utah, and will become permanent.”

A view of motorcyclists lane splitting

California was the first state to use lane filtering – and with the AMA now in full support of a bill being addressed in Oklahoma (H.B. 2667), we’re anticipating more states to join the proverbial bandwagon. 

A view of motorcyclists lane splitting

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  1. Badly written story. Is the filtering just at stoplights or all the time? Is there a speed limit? Bike size?

  2. Remember, Arizonans: This new law doesn’t take effect until 90 days after the legislature adjournes for the year. Don’t let one of the more pedantic cities cite you for starting early!

    Drifter Don, here’s what the AZ law says:
    THE OPERATOR OF A TWO-WHEELED MOTORCYCLE MAY OVERTAKE AND PASS ANOTHER VEHICLE THAT IS STOPPED IN THE SAME DIRECTION OF TRAVEL AND IN THE SAME LANE AS THE OPERATOR AND MAY OPERATE THE MOTORCYCLE BETWEEN LANES OF TRAFFIC IF THE MOVEMENT MAY BE MADE SAFELY AND IF THE OPERATOR DOES BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:

    1. OPERATES THE MOTORCYCLE ON A STREET THAT BOTH:
    (a) IS DIVIDED INTO AT LEAST TWO ADJACENT TRAFFIC LANES IN THE SAME DIRECTION OF TRAVEL.
    (b) HAS A SPEED LIMIT THAT DOES NOT EXCEED FORTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR.

    2. TRAVELS AT A SPEED THAT DOES NOT EXCEED FIFTEEN MILES PER HOUR.

    Here’s a link:
    https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/laws/0042.pdf

    1. Hey Farmer John,

      Thank you kindly for citing the important bits! I always leave the links and proofs of my work, but it’s still great all the same to see it in further print, front and centre.

      Take care and hope you get out on your bike today,

      Amanda Quick

  3. Love the Scrapper. Great look . If they can keep the price down to where people can afford it , great BUT ,I doubt they will . My daughter has just bought an electric Mini Cooper S for $60,000Australian , Bloody he’ll. I won,t be buying an electric vehicle any time soon .