- Practice Areas
Back in 2017, I wrote an article in response to a reader who asked the following questions:
Well, as things tend to do over time, the answers to those questions have changed! So, this is an update for motorcycle riders in Colorado. And there’s some good news!
But first, I think I should provide some definitions because this can get confusing.
There are different toll rules on different roads and sometimes you need a transponder, sometimes you don’t. See how all these details can get confusing? This handy chart from the Colorado Department of Transportation makes it clear.
Motorcycles can ride in most Express/HOV lanes for free, and (drum roll) you DO NOT need to buy a pass (which was a former requirement)! Here is a road-by-road description of motorcycle rules:
Express Lanes in Colorado:
Riding in a wide-open Express Lane does not mean there is no speed limit or that other rules of the road should be abandoned. Be sure to follow these laws:
I’m thrilled that Colorado made it easier than ever for motorcycles to use the majority of our Express and HOV lanes for free. But please remember to ride defensively to avoid a car accident. Auto drivers tend to drive faster in those lanes and they may not be looking twice for motorcycles. Stay safe!