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Motorcycle Lane-splitting

Concerning an exception to the prohibitions against driving a motorcycle around motor vehicles blocking the lanes of traffic moving in the same direction.
2016 Regular Session
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Currently, the driver of a motorcycle is prohibited from driving between rows of motor vehicles or overtaking on the right. The bill allows motorcycles to drive between rows of motor vehicles or overtake on the right when traffic is moving at less than 5 miles per hour if:
  • The motor vehicles that the motorcycle is driving around are traveling in the same direction as the motorcycle and at no more than 5 miles per hour;
  • The motorcycle is driven no faster than 15 miles per hour; and
  • The motorcycle does not exceed by more than 10 miles per hour the speed of traffic the motorcycle is passing.

Overtaking on the right is not allowed when a vehicle is using the shoulder.

The Colorado department of transportation may notify the public of these changes.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. G. Klingenschmitt
Sen. J. Cooke


Rep. S. Lebsock
Sen. V. Marble


The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details