TRIATHLON IRELAND SUPPORTS THE “STAYIN’ ALIVE AT 1.5” CAMPAIGN
AN IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN
The “Stayin’ Alive at 1.5” Campaign seeks to make a passing distance of 1.5 metres mandatory when a motorist overtakes a cyclist. Our members are often frequent cyclists; whether that is using the roads as part of their local triathlon club spin, commuting to work or on a race where the roads are open during the cycling section. Triathlon Ireland supports the need for a mandatory minimum passing distance to keep our members and Irish road users safe.
Triathlon Ireland CEO Chris Kitchen highlights the importance of this campaign;
The Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaign is something that TI is very keen to endorse. Our members when out cycling are at increased risk of serious injury and even death as our roads get busier and busier. While we can understand other road users frustration when coming across a cyclist, cyclists are incredibly vulnerable. Allowing a minimum of 1.5m passing distance when overtaking is not only courteous but has a massive reduction in the risk of a serious accident.
I do not think that motorists are fully aware that when overtaking, the wind displacement from their vehicle can destabilise a cyclist, potentially causing them to fall off or wobble into the path of a following car. Cyclists may also have to move out slightly to avoid a drain, or pothole, for example. A minimum passing distance of 1.5m when overtaking will make our roads safer for both cyclist and motorist. We believe the Rules of the Road should be amended to make the 1.5m a statutory minimum passing distance to reduce the potential for accidents and as such wholeheartedly support this campaign.
LET’S SHARE THE ROAD
Top Irish triathlete Russell White highlights the importance of considering all road users;
Riding a bike is a means of transport, a chosen hobby and even an occupation for some. 1.5 metres is not a lot to give in order to share the road and make it a safer place for everyone. A little patience and some consideration will not add much time to your journey but it could save a cyclists’ life.
HOW CAN I HELP?
If you would like to get behind this campaign you can send a letter to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross. A template letter can be found on safecyclingireland.org here. You can also support the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.