Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
12/6/17

Greetings Riders,

If you missed the newsletter last week with the story about the long awaited resurfacing and improvements on SR 88, the road to Canyon Lake complete with locations and timetables to finish, Click Here to View.

Every once in a while an issue will come along in the motorcycle world that will create opinions on both sides of the matter at hand. I can think of a few over the last several years including helmet laws, noise ordinances and colors to name a few. These have all been topics of great discussion over the years. In Arizona, we now have another issue resurfacing after laying dormant for the last 7 years, and that is the topic of "Lane Splitting", which could soon be legal here.

State Senator David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, recently introduced bill SB 1007 for the coming legislative session, which begins in January. Farnsworth told the Arizona Capitol Times, which first reported the story, that he's not "passionate" about it, and that he introduced the bill after a request by a constituent. However, Farnsworth told Phoenix New Times that he would become enthusiastic about lane-splitting if he saw more statistics that showed it was safe. "I'm reasonably convinced that it will improve safety," he said, adding that he hopes to see facts and good debate about the practice in legislative committees next year.

If you take a closer look at SB 1007, it actually amends section 28-903, Arizona revised statutes relating to the operation of motorcycles. It strikes out line B. that says "The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken". And line C. that says "A person shall not operate a motorcycle between the lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles". So if this bill was passed as is, it would allow motorcyclists to "overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken," and also would allow motorcycles to operate "between the lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles."

The bill also directs the Arizona Department of Public Safety to "develop educational guidelines" for lane-splitting alongside other state agencies including ADOT, The Governor's office of highway safety and a motorcycle organization focused on motorcycle safety. Already, Alberto Gutier of the GOHS said he doesn't like the idea and officials of ADOT and the DPS have agreed that it is a very dangerous practice.

In 2010 former Governor Jan Brewer vetoed an Arizona bill that would have allowed motorcycle lane-splitting for one year as a test, but only in counties with more than 2 million residents. Which would have meant only Maricopa County would have been in on the test. Brewer wrote in a veto letter that she was concerned that some people didn't see it as safe, and that one year might not be enough time to educate the public about it. Lane splitting has been done in California for years with the police looking the other way. I'm sure a lot of you have done it over there. But as of last year they formalized it with a law that directs CHP to develop guidelines for it.

This topic will be up for a good debate, with the people for it saying that it would reduce rear-end collisions of motorcycles, and would save motorcyclists time while not being stuck in traffic on hot Arizona days. Those against it say it would be dangerous as it would take years to educate the public and there might be intentional repercussions on motorcyclists from drivers as well as collisions with cars changing lanes that don't see the motorcycles coming.

The public debate has already started and most will be looking to California to see how lane splitting has worked over there. From what I have heard, it has taken a long time for motorists to get used to motorcycles splitting lanes there, but now they have mostly accepted it and tend to look for motorcycles coming up from behind and pull over to give them room to pass. I have done it in California and it has worked well, especially in the horrendous traffic over there. It was a welcome privilege that saved several hours of sitting in traffic. It would also be a nice feature in Arizona, especially on those 100 plus degree days of stop and go traffic.

It is hard to tell where this will end up. There are so many variables to actually get something like this passed with all of the rules, regs, education, etc. to get ironed out. It will probably be a tough road getting the complete bill passed. I know there are some legitimate concerns about lane splitting at high speeds, and there will always be some that will abuse the privilege and make it look bad for all of us.

But it would be nice if they would negotiate to at least relax the existing law that would give us some relief to do some lane filtering when traffic is completely stopped or moving at say 20 mph. Anything that would keep us moving particularly in the extremely hot weather would be good in my opinion. If you are for it, I would suggest to start contacting your local congressman to let them know that you are for it.
I personally haven't seen any polls from this subject, particularly from motorcycle riders. So I have put up a one question survey that simply asks:
Do you want to see the law changed to ALLOW lane splitting in Arizona? Yes or No.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY. I will have this in the newsletter and on my Cyclerides.com Facebook Page over the next couple of weeks and will report the results ongoing over the next couple of weeks.

Click Here for an excellent article by the New Times that will give you a more in depth look into the proposed legislation.

Please Ride Safe!
Barry

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Tidbits:

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2 minute tour of Sedona (YouTube)
2 minute tour of Bryce Canyon. (YouTube)
Click Here for 12 beautiful aerial photos of Bryce Canyon.
Click Here for 15 great photos of Sedona. The first one is maybe one of the coolest photos that I have taken.


A Great Stocking Stuffer Idea!
New Cyclerides.com Logo and Shirts!
They have the phrase "Ride-Eat-Sleep-Repeat" on the front with a small Old Glory logo below and a large Old Glory logo on the back.

Please take a look at it and see what you think. Click Here to View. I will have a limited quantity of these shirts for sale at the Veterans Day Bike Night and will be using this as my new logo going forward. The shirts will be available in short sleeved black to start and I will be adding Long Sleeved black by December 1st in time for Christmas. The price is only $15 online that includes free shipping. Click Here to Order.



This Week

Saturday, December 9th
10th Annual Toys For Tots. Join us for our 10th Annual Toys For Tots along with the White Mountain Marine Corps League. We collect new, unwrapped toys & money for the USMC Toys for Tots program, We will be with members of the Marine Corps to collect donations in front of Fuzzys Southwest Grill. Santa will be there, too. Live band, 50-50 drawing & door prizes after 4pm. Fuzzys is located on Reems Rd, just West of Grand Ave., in Surprise. Saturday, December 9, 10am to 6pm.

Friday and Saturday
December 9th and 10th
Morongo's Sleigh Ride Toy Run. Enjoy Morongo's 1st Annual Sleigh Ride Toy Run with multi-platinum selling 80's rock icons Great White and Slaughter on Dec. 9th and Vixen & Autograph on Dec. 10th. 1 Day Online - $20- / 1 Day at Door - $25-. Admission includes Bike Games, Bike Show, Food, Drinks, and Live Entertainment. Donate a $15- or more new, unwrapped toy to be entered into event raffles. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. This event is located at the Morongo Pavilion, 49500 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA, 92230.
Saturday, December 9th
Toy Runs begin at 11:00 AM at both Palm Springs Harley-Davidson, 19465 N. Indian Canyon Dr., 760-329-1448

and Temecula Harley-Davidson at 28964 Old Town Front St., 951-506-6903. Contact either dealership to sign up for rides.
Day 1# - Doors open at 12pm and music begins at 6pm. Click Here for Tickets.
Day 2# - Doors open at 10am and the concerts begin at 12pm. Click Here for Tickets.

NEW!
Sign up for the MOTORCYCLE GIVEAWAY! A brand new Harley-Davidson Street Glide. To enter, just sign up for the Toy Run.
Click Here.

Next Week

Saturday, December 16th
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs. Ride into Buddy Stubbs Arizona H-D in Phoenix for FREE Food & Drinks, Ditch the loud malls and cramped lines and join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson for Photos with Santa Saturday, December 16th! Bring the little ones out and get them photographed with Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 11-12pm at Anthem H-D and from 1-3PM at Buddy Stubbs Arizona H-D. Hogs & Dogs will be going from 11-2pm at Anthem H-D as well as from 11-3pm at the Phoenix store. With free burgers and dogs while supplies last, and complimentary gift wrapping this is definitely a great time to break out some holiday cheer! For more information about this or other events, go to www.buddystubbshd.com or follow them on facebook and Instagram!
 
Saturday, December 16th
Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs. Ride into Buddy Stubbs Anthem for FREE Food & Drinks, Ditch the loud malls and cramped lines and join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson for Photos with Santa Saturday, December 16th! Bring the little ones out and get them photographed with Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 11-12pm at Anthem H-D and from 1-3PM at Buddy Stubbs Arizona H-D. Hogs & Dogs will be going from 11-2pm at Anthem H-D as well as from 11-3pm at the Phoenix store. With free burgers and dogs while supplies last, and complimentary gift wrapping this is definitely a great time to break out some holiday cheer! For more information about this or other events, go to www.buddystubbshd.com or follow them on facebook and Instagram!

Saturday, December 16th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Photo With Santa. Join Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th  for Photos with Santa and free tasty treats from 10am to 2pm both days! Plus,  free gift wrapping from the Arrowhead HOG Chapter 83 will be available from 10am to 4pm both days. Need more gifts wrapped? Free gift wrapping will also be available December 9th, 10th and 23rd from 10am to 4pm. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.

Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom. Over 6800 LIKES! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the  page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!

An interesting compilation of Boat and Ship Fails. Click Here to view.

Video of the Week
A HUGE motorcycle for a HUGE guy. Click Here. Click on the Video of the Week graphic to view.
 
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com

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