On Monday, June 15th it is the 24th annual Ride To Work Day.
Some of you will leverage the day as a way to highlight the value of motorcycles and increase government awareness on the positive benefits. But, most will ride to work because it’s just fun!
And speaking of government… you may have missed that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed the state’s “dead red” bill (SB 533) into law, allowing motorcyclists and bicyclists to proceed through a red traffic signal if they have waited through a full cycle and the light failed to change. The bill passed both the state’s legislative houses on unanimous votes and takes effect January 1, 2016. Oregon is the 17th state to pass such a law although each state has unique restrictions.
However, the Oregon House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development killed the BikePac initiated bill (SB 694) that would have made lane splitting legal in Oregon.
Lastly, the U.S. Department of Transportation has called for additional safety requirements for motorcycle helmets to reduce the use of “novelty helmets” that offer little protection in a motorcycle crash. The DOT proposal includes standards for helmet thickness, compression ability and other features which novelty helmet are unlikely to comply.
As always be smart and ride safe!
Photo courtesy of RTW.