Stayin' Alive at 1.5 Irish cycling campaign
THIS IS A FREE PETITION. ONCE YOU HAVE SIGNED IT, YOU MAY BE ASKED FOR A DONATION. PLEASE IGNORE AND CLOSE WINDOW.
With the recent increase in the amount of cyclists on our roads, it has become aparent to members of the cycling community, that the dangerous overtaking by drivers and other road users has become a huge issue. The current reference to this issue is on page 43 of the Irish Rules of the Road, The advise is that you should give extra space when overtaking a cyclist. Note it uses the word 'should'. There is also no mention of a minimum clearance distance when passing from the rear. This causes confusion and ambiguity.
Our aim is to have this distance clearly defined as 1.5 metres and to have the word 'should' replaced by the word 'must'. This change must also be reflected by a change to the current overtaking statutory offence which is set out in SectionNo. 10 of SI No. 182 of 1997.
Similar safe passing laws are already in place in 22 US states, 1 Canadian province and several european countries. This law is also set to be trialled by Queensland, Australia later in 2014 too.
Please add your name to strengthen this campaign.