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Lane Filtering

“Lane filtering” means, when operating a motorcycle, other than an autocycle, the act of overtaking and passing a vehicle that is stopped in the same direction of travel in the same lane. In other words – lane filtering refers to the process of a motorcyclist moving between two (2) lanes in the same direction to the front of traffic stopped at an intersection, and speeds of 45 mph and lower is legal.

You may engage in lane filtering only when the following conditions exist:

  • On a roadway, or an off-ramp, divided into two (2) or more adjacent traffic lanes in the same direction of travel.
  • On a roadway with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less, on an off-ramp. Lane filtering is not permitted on an on-ramp.
  • Traveling at a speed of 15 miles per hour or less.
  • The vehicle being overtaken is stopped.
  • The movement may be made safely.


  • Lane filtering is a CHOICE. Riders do not have to lane filter.
  • Lane filtering can present unique safety challenges for riders – especially inexperienced riders.
  • If riders choose to lane filter, they should always exercise extreme caution.
  • All motorcycles or motor-driven cycles are permitted to lane filter.

Watch this example of Lane Filtering created by the Layton PD.