After a year covering Vancouver, SF, Portland, NYC, Edmonton, Montreal, London, and Berlin; riding, racing, working, riding home after midnite drunk in my cowboy boots, someone explain the irony of being doored your first day back home, with a 'open door carefully' sign in your wheel!
did i mention it was the police that doored me on a section of melbourne that ive worn a groove in, a passing cab then runs over my foot, inches away from a broken ankle. Broken collarbone all the same.
bike at friends. havent seen it since the accident.
great to be back!
Still hoping to make cmwc13, but as for pippin' Alfred this time, unlikely.
Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Haven't been doored (badly enough to break anything) yet, but I can see how bad it can be from the painful close calls and minor scrapes I've had. Ironic to no end, I'd say. Maybe that card was like a jinx.
I don't know the laws down in Vic., but it's probably not legally the cop's fault. "You should exercise due caution when passing parked cars..." they tend to say here.
But great site, that Fyxomitosis.
The police report has been sent to the ethical standards committee, without my knowledge.
Apparently someone in the police force wasn't happy with it - from what i understand the report blames ME! Obviously wrong as it is a drivers responsibility to take caution opening a door into traffic.
I'll update you as I know more.
charlesw - im a bit vague on policies here, but is using your name illegal? We've all got one. Some even two or more! Admittedly mines pretty boring - try finding out anything from an istitution with a name like that! impossible!
Nah, charles was simply looking out for your privacy if you didn't want your real live actual name on the internets.
Meanwhile, liability in a dooring is determined on a state or local level here. In a bizarre twist, the motorist doesn't have a legal obligation to not door anyone but insurance code is written such that they do take the insurance liability. "It's not illegal but you're at fault." Que?
We have a bill that recently passed its hearing and has moved on to Ways & Means that, among several other cycling related things, stipulates that it is illegal to open a door into oncoming traffic.