FORT COLLINS, USA: "OPPOSITE HAND TRICK"
Fort Collins' innovative Bike Friendly Driver (BFD) program teaches the far hand method. They call it the "Opposite Hand Trick"! But that's just one tip in their BFD course aimed at motorists.
Motorists are responsible for most all doorings and for half of all vehicle/bike collisions. But bike safety advocates have lacked programs to cure driver error. Now enter the Bike Friendly Driver program of Fort Collins, CO.
Fort Collins has posted its Bike Friendly Driver program, its course, and a toolkit to develop, adapt & market versions for one's own locale. It was featured at the National Bike Summit 2017 and is now going nationwide!
Find Information & links for the BFD course & toolkit here.
T/RT to promote: @DutchReach & #dutchreach
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Click on map: links to Cycle Toronto map & full report.
CBC News, Canada:
More cyclists getting doored on city streets, advocacy group says
Dooring collisions up 58 per cent in 2016 compared to 2014, Cycle Toronto says - by Andrea Janus, CBC News Posted: Mar 08, 2017
Cyclists 'trying to get from A to B'
Cycle Toronto issued a number of recommendations for the city and province, and also for drivers and cyclists.
For the province:
- Change the MVAR to include dooring collisions to ensure more accurate reporting.
For the city:
- Install protected bike lanes on streets without streetcar tracks, including Bloor Street and Yonge Street; improve Adelaide Street between York Street and Victoria Street.
- In areas where streetcar tracks are prevalent, such as the west end of the urban core, consider replacing on-street parking with protected bike lanes.
- Investigate the role taxis and ridesharing services play in dooring collisions; consider banning taxi and ridesharing pickup and drop off in hotspot locations like Yonge and Dundas.
- Include dooring collision analysis in Road Safety Plan.
- Launch education campaign to educate drivers to understand why people on bikes ride one metre from parked cars even when that means using the centre lane of traffic, and to open their car door with their right hand.
- Use your right hand, what's known as the Dutch reach, when opening your car door. Always shoulder check before opening your door.
- Avoid riding in the door zone by riding at least one metre from parked vehicles.
UNITED KINGDOM -- Trivial Fine for Fatal Dooring by Taxi Passenger
by Alex Bowden March 3 2017
SINGAPORE -- MOTORCYCLIST FATALLY DOORED
THE STRAITS TIMES
Motorcyclist dies after crashing into car door which 'opened suddenly' at traffic light
by Chew Hui Min - 23 February, 2017
[Note: Doorings and dooring injuries and fatalities are not limited to bicyclists. Exited vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, skateboarders etc. are also vulnerable. Vehicle damage to doors, car, truck, bus, light rail etc. -- also results, which can entail substantial damage. - ed.]
AUSTRIA: Weiner Zeitung on Dutch Reach -
Weiner Zeitung - blog, 21 February 2017
Schutz for Dooring: Türe öffnen mit der anderen Hand
Protection for Dooring: Open the door with the other hand
Von Matthias G. Bernold
DUTCH REACH APPROVED BY ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS.
Feb 1, 2017,
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), UK has endorsed the Dutch Reach Method as a recommended best traffic safety practice. RoSPA published by web its expert finding of safety advantage. It points out that the far hand reach method provides a continuous view of on-coming traffic whilst preparing to open and exit the motor vehicle. It protects cyclists and exiting occupants from heedless and at times devastating harm, either by direct collision or due to dangerous swerves by bicyclists or vehicles to avoid flung open doors.
The far hand method has been practiced in the Netherlands for about 50 years with little notice elsewhere. Such recognition by one of the world's preeminent safety and accident prevention organizations raises this hither-to-fore nameless commonplace -- but official Dutch practice -- to new found respect and prominence. It confers authority for its adoption well beyond the physical and linguistic borders which stalled its export, leaving it little known or neglected by the English speaking world and, as it now appears given recent globe media attention, by most every other nation as well.
DON'T CALL YOUR 'LEAN OUT METHOD' THE 'DUTCH REACH,' COINER TELLS CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE
Man who coined ‘Dutch Reach’ term asks police to publicly distance themselves from misleading video
by Alex Bowden, February 14 2017
A copy of the letter to Chief Constable Alec Wood of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, UK as cc'd to ROAD.CC with cover letter may be viewed at the preceding hyperlink.
BRITISH TABLOIDS: 'DUTCH REACH', PUBLIC SAFETY, IS LAUGHING MATTER
UK DAILY MAIL & THE SUN MIS-IDENTIFY THEN RIDICULE 'DUTCH REACH'
A sign that RoSPA-approved Dutch Reach merits 'culture war' status.
The tabloids' escalation - see below - is now raising these issues further, albeit by use of dis-information and mockery. Their attack may be in support of British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling who since December 15th, 2017 has been faulted for failure to use the Dutch Reach. Grayling had doored the cyclist in October 2016 but his offense was only exposed two months later when a video of the dooring surfaced, posted by The Guardian, a legitimate newspaper in UK.
Graying failed to exchange identification and has thus far escaped prosecution, despite apparently violating traffic code on several counts. Due to this scandal, the Transport Secretary has inadvertently elevated dooring, traffic law & safety for cyclists, bike lanes, and the Dutch Reach method -- all to far greater public awareness and concern than would otherwise have been the case.
The tabloid press seized on a curious attempt -- seemingly well-meant by the Cambridgeshire Constabulary, UK, but dodgy all the same -- to improve upon the Netherlands', RoSPA and the Dutch Reach Project's recognized method.
It was (first?) reported in the UK Cambridge News, and included online a jaunty video purporting to demonstrate the Dutch Reach. But in fact was a radical departure: It instructs drivers to lean out their opened side window to look for on-coming traffic, and use the far hand to grab the outside door handle and latch to open.
Note: The original hoax story & dodgy video which appeared 9 Feb. in Cambridge News UK was taken down on 17 Feb without explanation nor accompanying retraction. The headline and link are deceptively unchanged. The substituted article again carries Raymond Brown's byline but whether the called-out editors or Mr. Brown actually did the re-write is here unknown. Camb New UK & Brown's featured dodgy video has been removed -- & replaced by Outside Online's The Dutch Reach - Safe For Work.
CAMBRIDGE NEWS, UK - Cambridge Newspapers, CNL Media Ltd
'Dutch Reach' is a method of opening a car door which is less likely to injure a passing cyclist
by Raymond Brown, 9 Feb., 2017 -- Now revised & considerably altered as of 17 Feb., 2017. See preceding note above.
The British tabloid press seized upon this report to "ridiculue" (sic) theCambridgeshire police - perhaps well justified, but also mislabeled it the Dutch Reach, neglecting to make clear or report at all that the method mocked is a far deviation from the Dutch Reach. runs counter to RoSPA's advisory.
DAILY MAIL.com - The Daily Mail & General Trust, owners.
It’s just Double Dutch! Motorists ridiculue [sic] police proposal for drivers to adopt wweird 'Dutch Reach' technique for getting out of a car without hitting a cyclist
Method called Dutch Reach involves opening door with your 'opposite' hand
By Emily Chan For Mailonline
Published: 12:12 EST, 10 Feb 2017 | Updated: 12:31 EST, 10 Feb 2017
THE SUN, UK -- A NEWS UK COMPANY
'SOUNDS QUITE RUDE' Police mocked for ‘absurd’ campaign involving a manoeuvre dubbed ‘Dutch reach’ aimed to make roads safer for cyclists
The method involves motorists winding down the window and opening the door from the outside using their left hand
by Ellie Cambridge, 10th February 2017, 11:28 pm
A new webpage under Media > Blog Post Sampler on Dutch Reach, is now added for Valentine's Day! [Thoughtful writing on deeper meanings of this simple act.]
Also another new page under Advocacy Toolkit > Working Papers > Strategy & Pushback is now up, featuring a debate with John S. Allen, 'bikexprt' from his Bicycle Blog. [Recommended for wonks only.]
Pour arrêter d’emportiérer (blesser et tuer) les cyclistes
Pour arrêter d’emportiérer vous qu’il existe une méthode facile pour éviter de blesser ou tuer un cycliste par mégarde lorsqu’on ouvre la portière d’un véhicule en ville : la «poignée hollandaise» ?
MISE à JOUR Lundi, 10 octobre 2016 20:0
DUTCH REACH VIDEO - FOR LEFT SIDE OF ROAD DRIVING WOMEN - AU
MAMAMIA: What Women Are Talking About
Mamamia.com.au > Real Life > Lifestyle
Jan 17, 2017 - Joanna Robin
A Dutch driving trick that's saving cyclists.
UK TRANSPORT SEC. GRAYLING STARS IN 'DUTCH REACH' VIDEO
LBC UK: Leading Britain’s Conversation
The One Thing We Can ALL To Do Save Cyclists' Lives
Website video & talk radio segment - 13 January 2017
Transport Secretary Grayling's cameo concludes the video.
For more on this story see below, Transport Sec. Doors....
Readers Digest: Always Open Your Car Door with Your Right Hand
Here’s Why You Should Always Open Your Car Door with Your Right Hand
The "Dutch reach" could save lives—so why don't we teach it in America
by Brandon Spector
WINNEPEG. COUNCIL MOTION FOR REACH EDUCATION BY PUBLIC INSURANCE CORP.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ca City Councillor Matt Allard submits motion for 'Dutch reach' body-twisting motion to keep cyclists safe from doorings. Asks Public Insurance agency to popularize manoeuvre. CBC News, Jan 10, 2017.
Mark Cahoe, executive director of Bike Winnepeg endorsed the measure as a doable and affordable complement to infrastructure improvements.
CITY OF CAMBRIDGE, MA ADOPTS 'DUTCH REACH'
Cambridge, Massachusetts may be the first U.S. city to officially advise all its drivers to use the far-hand reach method when exiting motor vehicles. In December 2016 the city issued a guide to promote safe road sharing, addressing drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. "Street Code - Rules and Etiquette for Getting There Together," is part of Vision Zero Cambridge. Two pages of text and diagrams are devoted to dooring prevention for drivers and cyclists, and includes the formerly anonymous Dutch technique. (pp. 8 & 9).
The guide is the product of a collaboration among four city departments - Police, Traffic & Parking, Community Development, and Public Works [Design credit: Marie Macchiarolo, CCD]. Its publication followed several high profile bike/vehicle fatalities in Cambridge including the dooring-related death of nursing student Amanda Phillips at a hazardous intersection last June, whose death triggered an outpouring of protest and city-wide resolve.
And Prime Minister Trudeau Agrees!
CANADIAN MP CALLS FOR 'DUTCH REACH' ANTI- DOORING CAMPAIGN
Sécurité routière : le député fédéral Joël Lightbound fait la promotion du «Dutch Reach» (VIDÉO)
Canadian MP Joel Lightbound calls for a federal safety campaign to teach the Dutch Reach to avoid dooring bicyclists, using The Dutch Reach Project's line drawing for stickers. Nov. 14, 2016
Road safety: MP Joël Lightbound promotes "Dutch Reach"
by Catherine Lévesque, 14/11/2016 23:40 EST
BRITISH TRANSPORT SECRETARY DOORS CYCLIST
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