Originally Posted by Craker
LOL, good lord. That is comforting and disturbing at the same time.
I have been riding in NYC for something like 8 years and have never been doored. Some of my advice for riding here is:
- Stay out of the door zone. Ride to the edge of the bike lane if need be, but don't go into the door zone.
- Choose your route wisely. Heavy traffic, high speed roads almost never need to be taken. There is usually a low traffic mellow road only a block out of the way, and if you go a couple blocks extra, there's probably a bike lane or path. Choose the route before you go, take bike paths whenever possible.
- You don't need to sit at lights. No one expects you to. Approach carefully, look, and go if it is safe. Wait until it is safe if there are pedestrians or cars coming. This puts you clear of right hooks and rear ends, and allows traffic to flow more smoothly. Use your judgement. Some roads, especially wide high speed ones, are never safe to cross against the light.
- Pedestrians will step right out in front of you. Get a good loud bell or horn, if you don't already have one. Some of them will still ignore it, so be cautious.
- Above all, use your judgement and ride safely and courteously. Remember that pedestrians have the right of way, steer clear of them.
1964 JRJ (Bob Jackson), 1973 Wes Mason, 1974 Raleigh Gran Sport, 1986 Schwinn High Sierra, 2000ish Colian (Colin Laing), 2011 Dick Chafe, 2013 Velo Orange Pass Hunter