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.