Lane splitting is currently illegal in Oregon. However, there are signs of a move to make lane sharing legal.
The Oregon Department of Transportation completed a Motorcycle Lane-sharing Literature Review (PDF) in June of 2010, which looked at things like:
- Reduction in traffic congestion due to lane sharing
- Reduction in some types of crashes
- Potential safety issues
- Lane splitting as an incentive to switch travel modes
- Environmental benefits
The conclusion was “more research needed.”
In November 2010, KATU2 reported Oregon was looking “to allow motorcyclists to ‘lane split’ in slow traffic,” saying lane splitting “looks like a daredevil stunt.” Click through to the article to watch the TV report.