Tonyf33 wrote:91.44cm is ample up to 40 zones, 50 & over only needs another 30.48cm. To expect cars to overtake giving 152.4cm to your elbow or bar end at all times is a nonsence. When overtaking in the car rarely if at all would I give that distance between my left wing mirror and another motorised vehicle's right wing mirror, on most single carriagway roads this is barely possible & for the most part just not necessary.
I can't see any practical way to enforce a given overtaking sideways gap (not sure how it would be possible in all but city centres?) I think we should concentrate on trying to get the powers that be educate & improve at source driving standards full stop. An example could be including cycling specific hazards in the theory & practical tests as a mandatory segment.
The point is we aren't talking here about motorvehicles overtaking motorvehicles,we are talking about motorvehicles overtaking vulnerable
road users who sometimes travel very slowly and sometimes wobble a little,or serve around broken bottles in the gutter,thorns from hedgecutting,broken branchess from overhanging trees,dead cats,badgers,squirrels,dogs,not seen a horse yet but give it time,and any number of other objects that a motorvehicle driver doesn't see whilst they're on the phone,things we swerve around but to a motorvehicle just make a little bumping sound as the wheels go over them,you know like cyclists!!!
Please,please read the rest of the thread,and realise we have as much chance of petition for 152.4cm clearance as we have full employment and a carbon neutral economy.
Let me spell this out,its a counter measure against 91.44cm (or 3ft) posted by the OP,if more people sign the petition for 152.4 than 91.44cm(3ft) it,the 152.4cm(I'm getting the hang of this metric system now) will nullify 91.44cm automatically so the pratts running the show won't do anything stupid,like make another stupid law that endangers us(vulnerable road users),not that a caring socialist,left wing party that is now in power would ever do such an unwise thing