1.5 metres ?

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by gavroche, 9 Aug 2018.

  1. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    I wonder how many motorists, coach and lorry drivers are actually aware of it ? On my ride this afternoon, on the A470 , I lost count of the number of cars and coaches passing me just 1 foot away. I know I am a OAP but I intend to live a few more years yet.
  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    From experience, very few.
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  3. 1.5 isn't the law. I don't even think it's in the highway code.

    So, yeah, drivers don't know it. They also don't know the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow. Let's get it into law (or at least the highway code)

    Edit: Does the Highway code use metres. If not, they should. If they already do, then let's be adults and get rid of miles.
  4. guitarpete247

    guitarpete247 Just about surviving

    I've had so many cars and trucks come at me on my side of the road. Most I reckon are Italians.
  5. guitarpete247

    guitarpete247 Just about surviving

    Usually round blind bends.
  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    It would be a good thing to have in law. That drivers don't see it as common sense to leave that kind of gap when overtaking....
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  7. Crackle

    Crackle ...

    What! Antipodean 5th columner alert.
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  8. I was weaned on miles. Despite that, it feels medieval.

    (dodged a bullet, my year was the first that didn't learn miles. My teachers knew fark all about the metric system, so I learnt about hecta/hecti/centa/centi etc. Metric is way more complex than SI.
  9. dantheman

    dantheman Veteran

    It's not technically law but kind of technically is, there's guidance explaining it on some police websites and as I understand it that at least 3 counties police forces were said to be enforcing it with up to 3 points on licence and £100 fine.....???
  10. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    1.5 metres is written down nowhere, laws or the highway code.

    The only way the police can be "enforcing" it is by classifying it as careless or dangerous driving.
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  11. It isn’t 1.5 meters, it’s 3 feet. That’s 0.914 meters.
  12. jarlrmai

    jarlrmai Veteran

    It isn't any distance, at all, anywhere, there is no distance, a distance there is not, no distance, not a distance.
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  13. dantheman

    dantheman Veteran

    Yes, they can classify it as that, camds/herts/beds police force are supposed to be enforcing g it under "operation velo" and their "guidelines" state that motorists should expect cyclists to beat leat 75cm from the roadside and should give 1.5m distance when overtaking at 30mph - more as needed at higher speed.
  14. Rules 211 to 213 cover it. The 3 foot rule is only a recommendation as to the actual required gap at present.
  15. Are you sure you want to be posting on a cycling forum?
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