Lane Splitting on a Motorcycle in Colorado: Is it Legal?
On Sunday, I hopped on Interstate 25 right as a heavy rain storm started. Driving north on Interstate 25 was a real treat. Weekend traffic and now standing water from the downpour made for quite the commute on Sunday afternoon.
After passing 402, traffic is still slow at about 25 miles per hour. All of a sudden a motorcycle flies by in the blink of an eye riding on the dotted white line. I thought to myself, the rider must be incredibly brave or incredibly stupid, considering it was pouring down rain and seeing how many cars switch lanes when traffic is going this slow. Thankfully, it appears that the motorcycle rider did not get into an accident from doing something that appears to be pretty careless in a rainstorm that reduces visibility.
What is Lane Splitting
I can remember the first time I witnessed lane splitting. It was in California in 2006 while we were sitting in traffic in San Bernadino. Cars are at a dead standstill and about half a dozen motorcycles flew by doing 60 miles per hour. I said to my now wife "that's an accident waiting to happen". Motorcycles are much smaller than cars, trucks, and SUVs, so they can easily fit between all of us that are stuck in traffic.
Is Lane Splitting Legal in Colorado?
In the state of Colorado, it is illegal to lane split. According to the Colorado State Patrol, a motorcycle cannot pass or overtake a vehicle in the same lane or share the same lane with a vehicle. Motorcyclists can co-ride in a lane with one other motorcycle.
In California, it is legal to lane split and it is one of only two states has a law allowing it. Colorado is one of many states that make lane splitting illegal. Find out more on the legalities of lane splitting in Colorado from the Colorado State Patrol.