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1.5m Signs Half Close Passes

Example of a passing distance sign in France
Example of a passing distance sign in France

Trial signs asking drivers to ‘Give cyclists space’ have been a success. They halved the number of dangerous close passes on Links Road, Longniddry, East Lothian, in Scotland, according to The Scotsman.

The signs show a distance of 1.5m between an overtaking vehicle and a cyclist.

The Highway Code states that when overtaking cyclists, drivers should leave at least as much room as they would when overtaking a car. The newly revised version goes on to mention a passing distance of 1.5m as a guide up to 30mph.

‘As a guide leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists at speeds of up to 30mph, and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds.’

rule 163, revised highway code

Before the signs were put up, cameras recorded 434 dangerous close passes out of 856 (50%); with the signs in place, 56 of 196 overtakes were dangerously close (29%).

Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland Keith Irving said:

‘The results of this initial road signage pilot project are really positive and we look forward to extending the pilot to several more roads to analyse the results and expand the evidence base on where signage can help road safety.’

chief executive of cycling scotland

Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns at Cycing UK, said the pilot shows that when drivers are reminded of the need to leave more space, their driving behaviour can change.

1.5m Sign Halves Close Passes

2 thoughts on “1.5m Sign Halves Close Passes

  • 16/04/2022 at 3:32 pm

    The UK is in a measurement mess. Metres for height nd width, km locator signs and distances and speeds in mph?? Just move to metric in one fell swoop instead of decades of slow progress.

    • 16/04/2022 at 3:54 pm

      I think we have some distance to travel (several furlongs) before we have a consistent system of measurements.


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