“1.5 metres please, share the road” signs to be rolled out to three county council’s fleets of vans


While in London there was some controversy over ‘cyclist say back’ appearing everything from large trucks to small vans, Irish campaigners with a more positive message are having success.

The Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaign have so-far convinced three local councils to use stickers advising motorists to give 1.5 metres space when overtaking bicycles.

“Following Wexford County Council and Mayo County Council, we are delighted to announce Donegal County Council as the latest local authority to use the SAA1.5 message on their vans. Others too are in talks at the moment. Why not give YOUR local council a shout and ask them to become involved,” they announced on the Facebook page just over a week ago.

The head on the campaign, Phil Skelton told IrishCycle.com recently: “Wexford County Council has a total fleet of 200 — 50 to 60 of those are vans and over 50% of those have the logos on them to date. As the other vans come in to the machinery yard for service etc, they have the decal applied to them. Their vans are suitable, other vehicles are not.”
He said any council are able to purchase the decals for just €8.00 each when bought in a quantity of 4.
IMAGES: A Donegal County Council van is pictured above, while Wexford County Council van is below.


I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.


  1. Sorry to be cynical but I very much doubt they will practice what they preach. This again look likes government thinking that they can change the mentality of road users just with signs ans stickers.

  2. It’s worth saying that the Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaign is looking for 1.5m passing distance to be made mandtory by law: http://irishcycle.com/2015/04/06/1-5-metre-passing-distance-for-motorists-overtaking-bicycles-raised-in-the-dail/

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