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3 Feet Campaign … Worth a Shot in Western Australia?

Road.cc recently blogged on the arrival of the US originated campaign, “3 Feet Please” in the United Kingdom and I was curious about whether such a campaign would work here.  Would we need a metric jersey for example or would we understand what three feet means?

Joe Mizereck who is behind the “3 Feet Please” campaign states that

It’s my hope that this “3 Feet Please” jersey will remind drivers across the world to share the roads that belong to all of us and to give us at least 3 feet clearance as they pass.  This will make our riding safer and far more enjoyable.  But most importantly, it will reduce the numbers of cyclists who are injured or worse killed.

The jersey can be brought from 3feetplease.com for ~US$60.00 plus postage and it can be purchased without the “Its The Law” slogan on the front if you so wish as its not a specific legal requirement in Western Australia to maintain a specified distance.  However, road safety material does suggest a minimum gap of 1 metre and there are laws against negligent driving.

So would you wear one of these jerseys? Do you think it is a worthwhile campaign? Other thoughts on it? Please do leave a comment below.

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12 Responses to 3 Feet Campaign … Worth a Shot in Western Australia?

  1. Joe Mizereck June 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM #

    Wade, thank you for posting the question. If your cycling friends believe the campaign would work best using the “1 Metre Please” request, I would be happy to make that happen.

    Thank you,
    Joe

  2. Joe Mizereck June 12, 2009 at 8:43 PM #

    Wade, thank you for posting the question. If your cycling friends believe the campaign would work best using the “1 Metre Please” request, I would be happy to make that happen.

    Thank you,
    Joe

  3. ksteinhoff June 12, 2009 at 4:11 PM #

    I’ve been tempted to get one of these, but I wear a Camelbak MULE on my back, which would cover up most of it.

    My Mule has a big Slow Moving Vehicle triangle on it, which leads me to my slogan, “Treat me like a tractor.”

    The other thing that worries me about that jersey is that some drivers will aim at the space between the arrows like a bullseye.

    It’s like the mixed message a U.S. sign sends with a picture of a bike with Share the Road under it. Motorists interpret that to mean that bike should share the road (get out of the way) with cars, not the other way around.

  4. ksteinhoff June 13, 2009 at 1:11 AM #

    I’ve been tempted to get one of these, but I wear a Camelbak MULE on my back, which would cover up most of it.

    My Mule has a big Slow Moving Vehicle triangle on it, which leads me to my slogan, “Treat me like a tractor.”

    The other thing that worries me about that jersey is that some drivers will aim at the space between the arrows like a bullseye.

    It’s like the mixed message a U.S. sign sends with a picture of a bike with Share the Road under it. Motorists interpret that to mean that bike should share the road (get out of the way) with cars, not the other way around.

  5. Luke Hallam June 13, 2009 at 9:30 AM #

    There are two complimentary activities going on here. From an Australian perspective the first is wearing a nice bright jersey that urges vehicle drivers to give you some much needed space when they overtake you and the second is advocacy for legislation that enshrines in law that it is illegal for a vehicle to overtake a bicycle at a distance of less than one metre. My opinion is that one is pointless without the other and to make it effective you need more than a few cyclists riding around in these bright yellow jerseys.

    I first heard about this when I discovered 3 Feet 2 Pass (http://www.3feet2pass.com/). These guys are pushing the legislative side of things in the US and as far as I know they do not produce a jersey. This blog post introduced me to 3 Feet Please. I do not know if the two are connected in any way.

    Regardless, as a bicycle commuter that regularly gets passed closely by vehicles and overtaken on blind corners I think anything that helps create a respectable buffer between cyclist and motor vehicle, in all directions, is a great idea. Yes, the rednecks will see it as a challenge but fortunately cycling is on the increase and therefore one must assume the number of rednecks is on the decrease.

    I would like to see a 1 Metre Please (or similar) campaign started in Australia and am willing to be involved in said campaign. As I hinted on Twitter I think it would be great if we could get organised and launch the campaign at or just prior to the 2010 Tour Down Under and get some Government support. It would be great to see lots of the riders that converge on Adelaide for the TDU cycling around town and through the hills in these jerseys. The TDU is only about 6 months away so a lot of work would need to be done in a relatively short period of time.

    I’m going to start contacting 3 Feet 2 Pass, 3 Feet Please and State cycling organisations to try and find out if anyone else in Australia is doing, or planning to do, the jersey and advocacy. Once I get responses I’ll assess the way ahead.

  6. Luke Hallam June 13, 2009 at 6:30 PM #

    There are two complimentary activities going on here. From an Australian perspective the first is wearing a nice bright jersey that urges vehicle drivers to give you some much needed space when they overtake you and the second is advocacy for legislation that enshrines in law that it is illegal for a vehicle to overtake a bicycle at a distance of less than one metre. My opinion is that one is pointless without the other and to make it effective you need more than a few cyclists riding around in these bright yellow jerseys.

    I first heard about this when I discovered 3 Feet 2 Pass (http://www.3feet2pass.com/). These guys are pushing the legislative side of things in the US and as far as I know they do not produce a jersey. This blog post introduced me to 3 Feet Please. I do not know if the two are connected in any way.

    Regardless, as a bicycle commuter that regularly gets passed closely by vehicles and overtaken on blind corners I think anything that helps create a respectable buffer between cyclist and motor vehicle, in all directions, is a great idea. Yes, the rednecks will see it as a challenge but fortunately cycling is on the increase and therefore one must assume the number of rednecks is on the decrease.

    I would like to see a 1 Metre Please (or similar) campaign started in Australia and am willing to be involved in said campaign. As I hinted on Twitter I think it would be great if we could get organised and launch the campaign at or just prior to the 2010 Tour Down Under and get some Government support. It would be great to see lots of the riders that converge on Adelaide for the TDU cycling around town and through the hills in these jerseys. The TDU is only about 6 months away so a lot of work would need to be done in a relatively short period of time.

    I’m going to start contacting 3 Feet 2 Pass, 3 Feet Please and State cycling organisations to try and find out if anyone else in Australia is doing, or planning to do, the jersey and advocacy. Once I get responses I’ll assess the way ahead.

  7. ksteinhoff June 14, 2009 at 11:09 PM #

    Andrew,

    You asked what my Slow Moving Vehicle triangle looked like on my bike. Here’s the answer.

  8. ksteinhoff June 15, 2009 at 8:09 AM #

    Andrew,

    You asked what my Slow Moving Vehicle triangle looked like on my bike. Here’s the answer.

  9. craig durkee June 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM #

    I think these shirts are a great idea. I only have a few K’s on a busy highway but the more aware you can make drivers the better. I would certainly be interested in getting together a bulk purchase if anyone else wants to join in.

    If there’s anyone interested please let me know

    cheers
    Craig

  10. craig durkee June 24, 2009 at 8:15 PM #

    I think these shirts are a great idea. I only have a few K’s on a busy highway but the more aware you can make drivers the better. I would certainly be interested in getting together a bulk purchase if anyone else wants to join in.

    If there’s anyone interested please let me know

    cheers
    Craig

  11. jmizereck December 28, 2010 at 10:47 PM #

    In honor of the Nova Scotia legislature passing amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act requiring motorists to leave one metre (3.28 feet) of space between their vehicle and a cyclist when passing from the rear, the USA based “3 Feet Please” campaign is adding a “1 METRE PLEASE” cycling jersey to its global campaign to save cyclists’ lives.

    Avid cyclist and campaign founder Joe Mizereck of Tallahassee, Florida said, “We are excited to welcome Nova Scotia to our growing network of cities, states, provinces and countries that have adopted 3-foot or 1-metre laws to help motorists understand what is considered the minimum amount of space required to safely pass a cyclist.” At the heart of these laws is the intent to save cyclists’ lives, but the result is so much greater. Most cyclists will agree that most motorists are courteous and respectful of cyclists’ need for space. However, there are a large number of motorists who just don’t get it. They don’t get the fear that sweeps over cyclists when motorists pass too close. And they don’t get how hitting a cyclist would change lives—theirs, the cyclists’ and the cyclists’ families.

    Mizereck added, “Around the world the number of people choosing to ride bicycles is growing. That number will increase dramatically if we can help make riding a bicycle one of the safest forms of transportation available. Laws like the 1-Metre law make cycling safer. And when we make cycling safer it can encourage non-cyclists to give the sport a try. As more people appreciate and enjoy cycling, safety is improved for everyone.

    The key thing for motorists to remember if they come upon a cyclist from the rear and cannot give at least one metre of space when passing is to wait until they can.
    According to Mizereck, the “3 Feet Please” jersey is being purchased by people all over the world. The obvious question is: is it working? Mizereck says, “Cyclists reporting back to me believe more motorists are giving them more space more often.” So, yes it is working. Motorists are responding and cyclists’ lives are being saved. And “That,” says Mizereck, “is what it is all about—saving lives.”

    Learn more about the “3 Feet Please” Campaign and get yourself or a loved one a “1 METRE PLEASE” jersey at http://www.1metreplease.com.
    Questions? Contact Joe Mizereck at joe@1metreplease.com

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