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Motorcycle Safety: Colorado's New Law On Lane "Filtering"

Posted by Jordan Travis | May 07, 2024

On April 4, 2024 the SB24-079 bill was signed to become law (effective in August 2024 as an amendment to C.R.S. § 42-4-1503) in Colorado. So what does this mean for Colorado motorists on 2-wheeled vehicles?

Beginning August 7, 2024 (2-wheeled) motorcyclists will be legally allowed to pass STOPPED vehicles by moving between lanes.

The rider may overtake or pass another vehicle in the same lane as long as:

-The other motor vehicle is STOPPED;

-The lanes of the road are wide enough to pass safely;

-The motorcycle is moving at 15 MPH or less; and 

-Conditions permit cautious operation of motorcycle while passing or overtaking.

The rider may NOT overtake or pass:

-On the right shoulder;

-To the right of a vehicle that is in the farthest right-hand lane if the highway is not limited access; and

-In a lane of traffic that is moving in the opposite direction.

As a motorcyclist, please do not forget to wear proper safety gear, such as:

  • Helmet
  • Face Protection/Face Shield
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Jacket/Pants/Riding Suit
  • Rain Suit
  • Hearing Protection

Any operator of a 4-wheeled motor vehicle should make sure to keep look-out for motorcyclists this summer, especially when changing lanes and turning.

Motorcycle Lane Filtering and Passing, S.B. 24-079 (2024).

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Jordan Travis

Jordan M. Travis - Jordan observed first-hand the practice of law while growing up in Colorado. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating #1 in his class, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Leadership. Jordan also attended the University of Colorado ...

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