Cycling initiative – Staying Alive @ 1.5!

Due to increased motoring costs, traffic congestion and the use of bike to work schemes there has been a huge increase in the amount of cyclists using the roads.

The Staying alive at 1.5 stickers were incorporated into a Tool Box Talk at the PDM Plant Upgrade Project and was issued to the workforce promoting the virtues of not overtaking cyclists on public roads until it is safe to provide a 1.5m gap – an exercise in awareness raising and promotion of a simple means of increasing respect for life, cyclists’ rights and construction’s potential contribution to improving that aspect of road safety.

The Republic of Ireland is currently considering bringing in relevant legislation to enforce the guideline. Countries across Europe including Spain, France, Belgium and most recently Portugal have adopted this specified safe overtaking space.

The campaign is part of the Safe Cycling Ireland website.


  • Increase awareness with all road users for the minimum passing distance
  • Increases pressure on the Government to update the Minimum Passing Distance Law (MPDL)
  • Improves cycle safety

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