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Old 10-05-11, 04:49 AM
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Dooring Caught on Dashcam

I hope I'm not reposting this video but I just had to share it. This video made me cringe. The cyclist should have never ridden that close to parked cars and the car driver should have looked before opening their door.

https://commuteorlando.com/ontheroad/doored/video.mp4 Full post at https://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/...ht-on-dashcam/
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Old 10-05-11, 06:24 AM
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Oooooo, owwwies!

My eyes watered at the sight of that.

Nasty



On the upside the car with the dashcam reacted quick and doesn't look like they hit the rider. AND the car with the big door will be paying out big time with the insurance etc.

Any idea how the rider is?
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Old 10-05-11, 06:27 AM
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At least it looks like the door opened into him instead of right in front of him. Still looks painful though.
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Old 10-05-11, 06:52 AM
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This is one of my biggest fears ever. I hate this. I guess im gunshy after getting hit by the cab.
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Old 10-05-11, 07:01 AM
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I'm curious as the the outcome as well, however I don't know any more than what was written in the article.
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Old 10-05-11, 07:56 AM
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About 10 years ago, friends and I were about 5 seconds behind another group of riders coming into Davis Square, and a woman in that group got doored with the worst possible consequences where the overtaking car ran over her head. Didn't actually see the aftermath because there was already a large amount of people crowded around, but it was a bad scene.
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Old 10-05-11, 08:08 AM
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I assume a door could be opened and I look for people in or near cars. When I see them I move over to leave room for a flying door. Should have been easy to see the person in the car sitting all by itself. Situational awareness.
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Old 10-05-11, 08:54 AM
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dam u know that hurt like crazy. Instant stop. I never look at the cars to see if there is a driver. I just dont. Need to start tho.
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Old 10-05-11, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by kleinboogie View Post
I assume a door could be opened and I look for people in or near cars. When I see them I move over to leave room for a flying door. Should have been easy to see the person in the car sitting all by itself. Situational awareness.
I do too, but its easy when traffic is whizzing by you on the left to lose focus and drift into the door zone. Unfortunately, a lot of bike lanes are painted right up against parking areas where you almost have to be out of the bike lane to be out of the door zone. I'll ride in the street or on the edge of the bike lane, but many riders assume the bike lane is the "safe" place to be.
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Old 10-05-11, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by pallen View Post
I do too, but its easy when traffic is whizzing by you on the left to lose focus and drift into the door zone. Unfortunately, a lot of bike lanes are painted right up against parking areas where you almost have to be out of the bike lane to be out of the door zone. I'll ride in the street or on the edge of the bike lane, but many riders assume the bike lane is the "safe" place to be.
I agree with all that. I also have been guilty of drifting. I guess it's just bad timing. Cheers.
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Old 10-05-11, 10:23 AM
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Looks like they wre riding on an electric assisted bike. At that speed they might as well ride in the car lanes.
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Old 10-05-11, 10:25 AM
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Good thing the driver of the dashcam car layed on the horn to warn the bike rider not to slide under his car...
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Old 10-05-11, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Toeslider View Post
Good thing the driver of the dashcam car layed on the horn to warn the bike rider not to slide under his car...
And he turned his wipers on. Thankfully, the driver of the car was paying enough attention to be able to swerve left, brake and slam on horn and somehow get the wipers going - all while missing the cyclist presumably.
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Old 10-05-11, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
About 10 years ago, friends and I were about 5 seconds behind another group of riders coming into Davis Square, and a woman in that group got doored with the worst possible consequences where the overtaking car ran over her head. Didn't actually see the aftermath because there was already a large amount of people crowded around, but it was a bad scene.
Holy crap monkey! I always worry about something similar -- I ride an old beater bike around my school campus, and I'm always afraid it will fall apart on me and the cars (that like to follow RIGHT behind) will run me over.
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Old 10-05-11, 02:45 PM
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Ouch!
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Old 10-05-11, 02:52 PM
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A person just can't be to careful out there. I think we all have been guilty of straying into the door zone at times. I do try to be extra careful when in that situation but there are times...
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Old 10-05-11, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by snowman40 View Post
And he turned his wipers on. Thankfully, the driver of the car was paying enough attention to be able to swerve left, brake and slam on horn and somehow get the wipers going - all while missing the cyclist presumably.
Depending on where the windshield wiper stalk is, the driver might have inadvertently hit the switch while taking the evasive swerve. I know in my car, sometimes I'll accidentally turn my wipers on if I'm making a U-turn.
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Old 10-05-11, 02:55 PM
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Looks like my accident, i was doored back in April. Drivers door clipped my right foot/pedal and threw me right into the street. Was going about 20 mph. Cracked my helmet and separated my shoulder. Bike was about three parked cars down the street with the chain off.
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Old 10-05-11, 03:10 PM
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The trick is to ride in the middle of the road when in the center of town. Driving at the side of the road near the parked cars is simply too dangerous.
People don't look in their mirrors before opening their doors because ... well ... people are idiots.
Make sure to drive fast enough not to be keeping up traffic though.
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Old 10-05-11, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
People don't look in their mirrors before opening their doors because ... well ... people are idiots.
lets be honest, I am sure that everyone of us has opened a car door without thinking. It all comes down to statistics, as riders, we have to always assume a car door will open, watch for heads in drivers seats, seatbelts being undone, or a passenger can jump out---despite all that, it can happen that just that time you arent being careful, someone in a car isnt thinking....

lets all touch wood from both sides of this issue, car driver and bike rider.
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Old 10-05-11, 03:32 PM
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moving to A&S
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Originally Posted by kleinboogie View Post
I assume a door could be opened and I look for people in or near cars. When I see them I move over to leave room for a flying door. Should have been easy to see the person in the car sitting all by itself. Situational awareness.
Better have Xray eyes... around here folks darken their windows so the interior of the car doesn't heat up in the sunlight. Also I learned to avoid the doorzone when I was riding past a parked car near the University and a student that had been apparently sleeping between classes suddenly threw the door open and ran off to class.

I think staying out of the door zone is safer than trying to expect the unexpected.
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This video is another example of, why I 'take the lane'.
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Old 10-05-11, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Better have Xray eyes... around here folks darken their windows so the interior of the car doesn't heat up in the sunlight. Also I learned to avoid the doorzone when I was riding past a parked car near the University and a student that had been apparently sleeping between classes suddenly threw the door open and ran off to class.

I think staying out of the door zone is safer than trying to expect the unexpected.
Yes, and no.

While being out of the 'doorzone', there are the right-turn JAMs' who will claim they didn't see the cyclist.
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Old 10-05-11, 09:40 PM
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I forget right now who's signature it is, but I like the signature that one of the members here has:

"Treat all parked cars like a gun, as if they were loaded."

Whenever I'm out riding and I encounter any cars in on street parking I give them a VERY wide berth. As I do NOT want to end up flying through the air and possibly end up landing in the path of oncoming traffic.

I had a recently had an e-mail conversation with the Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinators office, and they actually told me that they felt that I would have a hard time convincing a LEO that I was riding outside of the bike lane because of on street parking poses a danger.

Yet, ironically most motorists I have talked with understand that riding in the door zone is dangerous to a cyclist.
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