A petition to make 1.5 metres the minimum passing distance for motorists overtaking people cycling was launched last Friday.
The Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 petition was launched by the Irish cycling champion Sean Kelly.
At the time of writing the petition had nearly 700 names to it already.
Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 describes itself as a non-profit campaign to pursue the adoption of a law that requires motorists to give cyclists 1.5 metres clearance when passing from the rear.
A number of European countries have a passing distance spelled out in law. France for example has a passing distance of 1.5 metres, reduced to 1 metres in urban areas where speeds are expected to be lower.
In September, when California became one of the latest jurisdictions to have a safe distance passing law, the LA Times reported: “Statewide regulations will require drivers to stay at least three feet away from cyclists while passing. If traffic is too heavy to change lanes, or if other conditions make a three-foot buffer impossible, drivers must slow to a “reasonable and prudent” speed and wait to pass until the cyclist is safe. Until now, California drivers were required to pass bicycles at ‘a safe distance,’ but the law did not specify what that meant.”