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Kathy Szeliga

Maryland bill would allow motorcycle riding between lanes of traffic on highway, at red lights

Maryland bill would allow motorcycle riding between lanes of traffic on highway, at red lights

Maryland motorcyclists would be allowed to ride between lanes of highway traffic and between vehicles stopped at traffic lights under a bill scheduled for a first hearing in the House of Delegates on Thursday.

The measures, known as “lane-splitting” and “filtering,” would make motorcyclists safer and decrease carbon emissions and congestion, according to the bill’s sponsor, Del. Kathy Szeliga, a motorcyclist and Republican lawmaker who represents Baltimore and Harford counties.

While Szeliga acknowledges that the bill is not likely to pass this session, she wants to start “getting the public comfortable” with the idea.

“It’s a new concept here in Maryland,” Szeliga said....

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