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The Legislature in Puerto Rico is has just passed a bill (law) to “promote the safe use of motorcycles as viable transportation”. Cyclists around the Island are going berserk at some of the great ideas coming out from legislators who have never swung a leg over a bike or stepped on the platform of a scooter. For us who commute to work daily on a bike the most objectionable part of the bill is the prohibition of lane splitting; which is one of the principal benefits of commuting on a bike. Also, to a lesser degree, the requirement to use footwear that covers your ankles, gloves and a jacket; this in a place with a median temperature of 87 degrees F. all year round. From what I have been able to learn, lane splitting is legal almost everywhere but would like to have some specific data on this to lobby against this stupid bill. Information on the the clothing issue, particularly the footwear (which goes stongly against female riders) would also be appreciated. Help us get more people ON bikes instead insteado of OFF.
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