Oregon Laneshare (SB-574) update #3
Hello Riders!        Well, it has been a busy and eventful week for the lane sharing bill (SB-574.)

Tuesday (March 2nd) – SB-574 got heard in the Joint Transportation Committee.  HUGE THANKS to those who testified in favor of the bill.  ALSO HUGE THANKS to all who answered the call of the last email and submitted testimony.  You submitted over 640 letters with only 4 days notice.  This easily broke any past records for this bill!To see all of the testimony, use this link:  https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/JCT/2021-03-02-08-00/SB574/Details
To watch the hearing, use this link:  https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/mediaplayer/?clientID=4879615486&eventID=2021031100 Next steps in general?  We are now awaiting word from the committee that our bill will get a “work session” which usually indicates that your bill will likely move forward out of committee.  If the bill does not get a vote out of committee then it will not be heard again this session.  (You can be sure that our team is doing everything possible behind the scenes to help the bill along.)

What can you do next?  Wait until we send word that the bill will move to the main floor of the senate.  When that happens we will again ask that you send a short message in favor to YOUR specific senator.  (The same process will repeat on the House if successful in the Senate.) In the mean time, check this video out!  One of the team members made an excellent video that clearly explains to riders, legislators, and the general public what SB-574 DOES and DOES NOT do when passed.  Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQO6Y0kdISs A special side note this week:  The state of Montana PASSED and SIGNED their motorcycle lane-sharing bill this week!  It is VERY similar to ours.  https://www.roadandtrack.com/news/a35742125/lane-splitting-will-soon-be-legal-for-motorcycles-in-montana/ AGAIN, THANK YOU!  Let’s stay focused and as always, use https://laneshareoregon.com/ and https://www.bikepac.com/ as needed for info.  

– The LaneShareOregon Team and BikePac of Oregon (ORPAC #00019)