The Dutch Reach

Now here’s a good idea for drivers to avoid “dooring” bicyclists. A simple shift in how you open the door when you park your car. This would be a good habit for everyone who drives or rides in a car to adopt – passengers on the driver’s side can be just as dangerous as drivers in this situation, and you never know when you – or your child – might be a driver-side passenger.

I’ll add that another simple practice I’ve put in place as a driver is to always check over my right shoulder before making a right turn – just as you would normally check over your shoulder when changing lanes – because if there’s a bike lane, you actually are changing lanes, as you need to drive through the bike lane to make your turn. Here’s some more discussion about that.


About Julia Bloom

singer of songs, lover of words, asker of questions, runner of miles, mother of Lu&Si, darlin' of Nathan
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