Now more than ever, sharing the road with fellow commuters — including cyclists and scooter-ers — is part of city life. Here are some tips to keep everyone safer.
Help Prevent Cyclist Injuries
Dooring collisions can happen when a driver or passenger opens the door without looking. Doorings are dangerous — and can damage your vehicle.
Do the Dutch Reach
One way to get drivers and passengers to look before opening the door is a simple maneuver called the “Dutch Reach.”
Here’s How it Works
If you’re on the driver side, open the door with your right hand instead of your left. If you’re on the passenger side, open the door with your left hand.
Tips for Drivers and Passengers:
Reach with your far hand
Look out and back
Open door slowly
Step out facing traffic
More Safety Tips
Keep to your lane. Drivers should never be parked, stopped, or idle in a bike lane. If you're waiting for a passenger, flip on your hazards and pull into a driveway, parking spot, or other safe area away that doesn't obstruct the bike lane.
Look before you turn. Before initiating a turn, you should focus your attention on the rear- and side-view mirrors. Turning right? Look for cyclists along the curb who may be going straight.
Give bikes space. While cyclists are legally considered cars, they are not equipped with seatbelts, crumple zones, or air bags — only a bike frame and helmet. Treating cyclists like drivers is the golden rule, but it doesn’t hurt to give them a little more room on the road.
Remind your passengers. A gentle reminder can prompt passengers to check before opening the door — and help keep everyone safe
Thank you for doing your part to keep our streets safer for everyone.