Orange on white Dutch Reach Figure Logo Icon; reduced resolution png file


>> Reach, Swivel, Look out & back, Open slowly. <<

Dutch Reach Caution Sign: Yellow diamond sign with black silhouette of driver performing far hand anti dooring method to open latch, turned & to look over shoulder to scan for on-coming bicyclists or traffic. Figure is in ISO international standards organization's style. Design by New York Bicycling Coalition & Dutch Reach Project.

Drivers & passengers each use far hand to open car door. 

Reach across for the door handle.

Forced to Swivel, you automatically Look out, at mirror & easily back for bikes & traffic.

All clear? 


 Then Open slowly to exit while remaining vigilant.

Dutch kids learn it from parents & in school.

It’s taught in drivers’ ed, and used to pass their driving test.

It's been Dutch commonsense for 50 years. Time we thought so too!

Tip: Tie ribbon on latch as reminder... & practice! 

Safer streets for ALL! Promote better shared-road training by your city & state.

Dutch Instructor Teaches Reach

RoSPA How to do the dutch reach start video cover art w button

MassDOT Animation


Dutch Reach Signage


Dutch Reach Parking Alert sign for UK with Black silhouette of driver & approaching cyclist on on black figures on white background. Driver is turned facing back with far hand on door latch, doing the Dutch Reach technique, using far hand anti dooring method to open latch, turned & to look over shoulder to scan for on-coming bicyclists or traffic. Figures & bike wheels are in ISO international standards organization's style.No logos. Design by New York Bicycling Coalition & Dutch Reach Project.

More graphics? Click image. Also: (A), (B).

MassDOT Video

10 Reasons why the Dutch far Hand Reach method for exiting vehicles to avoid dooring is safer for cyclists and car or vehicle occupants, dirvers & passengers when they open car door to exit. These reasons include: Curbs wide flinging; turns one to view side mirror; enables direct view after mirror view is lost; partial opening can warn cyclists; far grip allows fast retreat & closing; works for all exiting occupants, drivers & passengers front & rear; steps you out facing traffic; replaces flawed near hand practice; becomes an automatic muscle-memory habit, not just advise.

Not all Dutch Far Hand Reach advantages are obvious. 10 reasons are given above (click to enlarge). A more thorough explanation is given here.

Sequence of photos of mobile electronic traffic sign message which states: "Safer to Open / Car Door / With Far Hand" which describes the Dutch far hand Reach method to prevent doorings by heedlessly exiting drivers or passengers from motor vehicles, cars, vans & trucks into travel & bike lanes which can cause collisions with the door and result in njury or death to bicyclists. This sign first brought the Dutch Reach method message to the attention first of the Boston Globe and then national and international media as the story was quickly picked up by public radio & social media.

Mobile electronic traffic sign first 'texted' the Dutch Reach. Somerville, Mass., USA, 7 Sept 2016.  Sign triggered media coverage which led to international attention. Credit: Dutch Reach Project.

Boston Globe, May 31, 2017 Dutch Reach explanatory graphic in gray & orange on white illustrates method as cut-away front view as if through car windshield with man reaching far arm (right arm in US) across to door latch, swiveling in his seat to door an over the left shoulder scan or shoulder-check to look for on-coming traffic.  A cyclist in silhouette is depicted approaching along side the car, viewed as by driver through side window.  Two text boxes briefly describe the far hand method to prevent doorings of cyclists and other car door collisions.  Globe graphic has here been adapted for business card format & distribution for education & outreach for the Dutch Reach by Stephen Bingham of California.

Graphic: Boston Globe staff. Adapted as card handout - S. Bingham.  Click here for more Dutch Reach graphics.

"Approved by RoSPA" emblem to note the RoSPA endorsed the Dutch Reach in an advisory issued February 1, 2017 in UK.

Click image to view RoSPA's Dutch Reach safety advisory.

Wash. D.C. Teaches #dcReach

District of Columbia Dept. of Transportation ddot started Dutch Reach anti dooring bike and street safety driver retraining campaign for November 2017.  Slogans of 'Reach with your Right to save a Life., also with DC Vision Zero, #dcvisionzero.

Click image for D.C.  DOT's press release.

Teach the Reach Flier with BIDMC logo; not DRP logo.

Dutch Reach safety poster - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

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