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Old 10-16-13, 08:41 PM   #1
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News article on dooring

This appeared on CBC National News tonight. You'll have to sit through a couple of ads...

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV%20S...ID/2412614582/
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Interesting... they didn't say a thing about door zone bike lanes or comment on the clip of someone parked in the bike lane.
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I'm glad a news outlet is talking about it. The term dooring should be as familiar as t boning or sideswiping is to the driver's tongue.
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Listening to one of the persons commenting that it is not a police matter but a civil matter, doesn't realize that not all motorists are insured, plus this person probably does not consider bicyclists as legitimate traffic.
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Old 10-17-13, 12:46 PM   #5
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None of my regular commute routes put me that close to door zones, but I still think about it. But last spring I had a slow uphill climb on a wide side street alongside a church. A car was stopped in the traffic lane on the other side of the road, and a car coming up behind it moved towards the center of the street. I could see in my mirror a car coming up behind me, so I veered closer than I usually do to the cars parked on my side of the street. Since this was a long, slow uphill climb at maybe walking speed (3-4mph), I had a least a minute to view the parked cars I would be passing in the next block, and nobody had pulled in or entered any of the vehicles. IAll of a sudden a van's driver door swung open. Luckily I swerved and missed, but the woman who opened it screamed, "Oh my God, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!". I circled around and let her know I was okay. She was very upset that she had not checked her mirror. She had been sitting in the car on the phone, because she won't talk while she's driving. Since the car had been off, she didn't think to check the mirror. I was a little shaken since I had considered the dooring threat non-existent after more than a minute. Lesson learned.

On a similar note: Last month for variety, I let Google navigation choose my route home. It picked streets with bike lanes. The streets were main arteries with more traffic and more door zones than I am used to. Didn't like it.
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Last month for variety, I let Google navigation choose my route home. It picked streets with bike lanes. The streets were main arteries with more traffic and more door zones than I am used to. Didn't like it.
Like we say in the software world, garbage in/garbage out.
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Like we say in the software world, garbage in/garbage out.
I used to hear this a lot more in the past. The idea needs a good bump.

A couple of those doorings were preventable by the cyclist. Especially the one early on when the guy gets doored flying by to the right of a parked car. Mirrors are not st so that they are usable by the passenger seat. I ride outside the door zone when ever possible, which is to say, almost always. Notice the one case were the doored cyclist is thrown out into the traffic lane. This as very common since there is a high probability that contact will be with the right side of the handle bar. Turning the wheel hard to the right produces a left lean. This makes dooring potentially fatal in a lot of instances.
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