Born to ride: Motorbikes might get to cruise the lanes

MOTORBIKE riders who weave between cars in traffic jams could soon be on the right side of the law, with the state considering a swag of changes to traffic rules.

In a discussion paper to be released on Thursday, the government will ask for opinions on whether or not it is a good idea.

The behaviour - known by the drab term "lane filtering" - is legal, changing lanes without indicating is not.

Transport minister Scott Emerson said Queensland could join New South Wales, which was already preparing to formally legalise the weaving or filtering.

"It could ease traffic congestion and make the rules clearer for all road users," Mr Emerson said.

The paper will also consider the way riders sit on their bike, including the law that forces them to keep their feet on the pedals.

"While the intention of the rule was to prevent reckless and dangerousbeahviour, it doesn't take into account the everday practicalities of riding a motorcycle," he said.

"By broadening the rules, it will mean a rider can remove their feet to reverse park, or take their hands off the handle to adjust their visor and not be in breach of the law."

In January, a Brisbane rider was fined $146 for not having both feet on the footrests - the rider claimed he was just stretching his leg.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart later admitted he too stretched his legs while riding.

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