Vote Like a Biker
It is 2016 and an election year. Part of our job is to be a legislative watchdog for you. ABATE has a full time lobbyist in Sacramento keeping track of legislative bills that affect or are of interest to motorcyclists. Sometimes they are obvious and sometimes they are tucked in the middle of totally unrelated legislation.
This election year we have sent questionnaires to all people running for office. It contains a wide range of topics that will help us develop a picture of who and what the priorities are for the candidate. These questions help to determine if a candidate is a friend of the biker life and motorcyclists. ABATE will take all responses, as well as let you know who did not respond, and create a voters guide to help you know who supports us and who we should support.
We need to support those who are friends and support us. Watch here for our voters guide.
Motorcycle Profiling Bill Signed by Governor in Maryland
Last week Maryland became the second state in the nation, after Washington, to pass a Motorcycling Profiling Bill. The Maryland Coalition of Clubs with the collaborative support of ABATE of Maryland passed the bill unopposed. Maryland's success is proof that a unified grassroots movement can work and inspire the rest of the country. Details can be found HERE.
Lane Splitting in California
Splitting lanes in California is NOT illegal. It is not legal either as there are no laws either way. It is tolerated and accepted by CHP if done in a safe manner.If done in a reckless manner you are still open to a wreckless driving ticket. Guidelines for lane splitting used to be on the CHP and DMV websites but were removed due to a single complaint.
Click this link to Download Lane Splitting Guidelines in PDF. This is provided by the California Motorcycle Safety Program which is California's official motorcycle safety and training program. To find a course location near you, www.californiamotorcyclist.com or call 1.877.RIDE.411