For some time now various states in other countries have been adopting laws which make it illegal for drivers to pass cyclists within a metre.
Having always regarded this as unworkable for several reasons, not least because, drivers don't drive with tape measures, that passing distance depends on speed of the pass, that fast cyclists passing other cyclists or vehicles too close are also a danger to others as well as themselves, that cyclists will still be allowed to cycle two abreast in addition to the 1 metre, and of course why impose a draconian disadvantage on essential traffic for unneeded human road hazards at all? I would never have believed that our Ministry of Transport and Roads Mininster Robert Goodwill, would ever be so daft as to consider the matter at all.
See why it cannot work. You will see how even the Highway Code makes a Pig's Ear of it with Rule 163
And yet, here we are, with the following story, and our Government are seriously considering the option of yet another anti driver, anti community rule for a minority unneeded lobby. This was re-tweeted by the great friend of the Cycling Lobby, Edmund King OBE. More on Edmund here.
Gov't "interested" in Australian scheme setting minimum distance for motorists overtaking cyclists pic.twitter.com/870kKkOanL— Ross Lydall (@RossLydall) June 2, 2016
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