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The Petition is here:http://tinyurl.com/onmag8f
My Open Letter to our Statesmen reads as follows:
20 February, 2015 VIA EMAIL
Re: SB 5623 and HB 1515 Must Move From Committee for Everyone’s Benefit
May it please the members of this Committee and any and all other Washington State Legislators. I will be brief, but please also watch my video interview with Senator Sheldon, also containing real-world and animated footage of lane-sharing and filtering.
As a 40-year motorcycle rider who always rides with gear and who only began lane sharing 3 years ago, I have come to recognize the value – and safety – of lane sharing and filtering. It is essential that this bill receive a positive endorsement from this Committee.
The studies have indicated that lane sharing, particularly as proposed by the pending legislation, is as safe or safer than riding in general. View the attached graphs showing for example that lane sharing riders are less likely to consume alcohol as well as a 1.7% decrease in fatal injuries in lane-splitting vs. other motorcycle travels. The sentiment was echoed by highway transportation officials in a recent feature story dedicated to the subject of lane sharing and lane filtering as noted in the attached Petition, with 858 signatures and 303 comments as of 18 February 2015 that include:
“I’ve been hit 2 times in Seattle by sitting waiting for traffic to clear. I want lane slitting legal. I do it now to stay alive.
“I’m signing because hearing a 2-ton vehicle come screeching to a stop inches from rear-ending my scooter because they didn’t see traffic had stopped was one of the most blood-curling moments I’ve ever experienced. I know two people who have been rear-ended on their scooters. I want the ability to wait next to a car at stop lights.”
“It’s safer and smarter than our current situation. I’ve had extensive experience lane splitting in Southern California with zero accidents.”
Just one year ago there was substantial concern over the Red Light Law, RCW §46.61.184, but come to find out that there was no increase in accidents or injuries here or in the other 16 states who have wisely adopted such legislation.
In addition to the benefits for air-cooled engines on older motorcycles, the practice increases efficiency, reduces greenhouse gases and encourages more motorcycling and scooter riding, which in turn reduces our carbon footprint. Water-cooled motorcycles may also see a benefit to increased efficiency, as well, as air movement in addition to the water and coolant is required to keep the engine cool. There is simply no way that a progressive State like Washington cannot handle the same traffic operation as California or many other Countries around the World.
You don’t legislate or fail to legislate out of fear.
You don’t legislate or fail to legislate in order to protect society from the 1% criminal element that exists in all realms of life.
You do legislate rationally, based on World experiences in other developed and even under-developed Countries, and that includes the concept of lane-sharing and filtering
Please vote yes to save lives, to reduce injuries and to increase efficiency.
/s/Christopher King, J.D.
CHRISTOPHER KING, J.D.