ANTI DOORING CAMPAIGNS & GRAPHICS PRIOR TO DUTCH REACH PROJECT
Documentation of Anti Dooring Campaigns by The Chainlink posted in 2012
The Chainlink published this collection in 2012: Some Examples of Anti-Dooring Campaigns from Elsewhere
It cites campaigns in Denmark; Long Beach, CA; Washington, DC; and New York City. Chicago was mounting its own anti- dooring "Look" campaign at the time. A comment to the post added Melbourne, Victoria, Australia's research to address its dooring carnage: “Bicycle Rider Collisions with Car Doors” by Road Safe Action Group Inner Melbourne (RSAGIM). Subsequent studies in Victoria included:
TORONTO, CANADA: 2005 to PRESENT
A great place to start is Toronto which had its first anti-dooring campaign in 2005 and appears to have originated the term "Door Prize" for the tragic fact of being killed by a negligently opened car door. There among many other concerned voices, Lloyd Alter writing regularly in Treehugger has been perhaps the most articulate and passionate of advocates focused on dooring prevention. Alter has for years promoted the - as yet un-monikered - reach method as part of the solution. In a 2016 article he lauded the 'Dutch Reach' coinage.
Why dooring cyclists is like a sunny day - Treehugger
The Door Prize - Treehugger
Door Prize Lady Charged "To The Full Extent of the Law" - Treehugger
Objects in mirror...could be saved - Treehugger
Cycling - City of Toronto, Canada Cycling Infomation Website
Safety & Education -- Car Bike Collisions -- Understanding Types of Collisions
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA -- 2012
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Sept. 25, 2012
For more, on NYC DOT's Anti-Dooring efforts, see:
StreetBlog USA: DOT and TLC Unveil New Anti-Dooring Video and Decal
Not so un-sanitized nor groovy, is NYC DOT's previous anti-dooring PSA -- NYC DOT LOOK
These videos ran in rotation on Taxi TV in NYC.
Doorings in Chicago and NYC are still a sorry state but one of them is doing something about it, by Grid Chicago, Sept., 2012.
PORTLAND, OREGON, USA: 2015 - Present
VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA -- pre- 2012 & ONGOING
The Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne, in the State of Victoria, Australia undertook a series of research projects as early as 2011 to study the occurrence, causes and actions to reduce doorings, with the issue having become a major concern for the cycling community in the absence of government recognition or action. It's initial study found that doorings were the most common cause of linner Melbournes bike crashes, amounting to 19.7% of all such incidents from 2010 t0 2011. RSAGIM produced, commissioned and/or published the following in what eventually became an NGO/governmental collaboration with Parliamentary support:
- “Bicycle Rider Collisions with Car Doors” by Road Safe Action Group Inner Melbourne (RSAGIM).
- "A multi-stage, multi-faceted approach to addressing ‘car dooring’ in inner Melbourne," Bolitho, J., Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne. Australasian College of Road Safety Conference – “A Safe System: The Road Safety Discussion” Adelaide, 2013.
- Reducing ‘car-dooring’: The role of stickers as visual reminders, Final Report, Concepts of Change with Ipsos Social Research August, 2013.
What infrastructure and legal changes are needed to prevent dooring deaths in Melbourne, Better by Bike, 2015?
9 August 2012:
VicRoads* issued warning on dooring; tip advises far hand method.
VicRoads inserted advertisements in newspapers to warn drivers and passengers of the doubling of fines for dooring offences.
The warning ad may be downloaded here.
The Bicycle Network website maintains coverage of the dooring issue, viz:
Bicycle Network - Melbourne, Victoria, & NSW: Anti-Dooring Posts , News, Initiatives
Doorings of riders is of serious concern as new riders flock to the streets and driver distraction worsens. Many serious injuries, and death, have resulted.
* Note: "VicRoads or the Roads Corporation of Victoria is a statutory corporation which is the road and traffic authority in the state of Victoria, Australia." - Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of Victoria. -- Wikipedia.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA - 2008, 2013 --
“Look Chicago” Anti-Dooring Campaign - which includes fad hand method in flier. See adjacent image.
Someone Opened A door And Killed My Friend - general anti-dooring awareness campaign by Chicago Fixed Gear Forum in 2008.
Objects in mirror...could be saved - Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, June 2008.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA -
Section 11.58.050 OPENING AND CLOSING VEHICLE DOORS. No person shall enter, leave, or open the door of a motor vehicle on the side adjacent to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a vehicle adjacent to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, USA - 2013: "DOORS HURT"
New Haven campaign to re-train drivers taught "The Amsterdam method"!
In 2013, the New Haven's Transportation, Traffic & Parking Dept. promoted "the new Amsterdam technique" ie. 'reach across' -- and other advice to reduce cyclist doorings. "Doors Hurt" flyers were placed on parked car windshields in a downtown business district. The flyers were the centerpiece of the driver reeducation campaign. The T T & P Dept. picked up on the idea after Devil’s Gear Bike Shop & Elm City Cycling called for anti-dooring infrastructure improvements and posted cyclist suggestions which included the 'reach' on its website. But New Haven's campaign did not use a unique name to describe it. However a news story in the New Haven Independent refers to the maneuver as the Amsterdam or European method.
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA -
The City of Fort Collins, Colorado's FC Bikes in coordination with the local cycling non-profit Fort Collins Bikes developed and began promoting the "Opposite Hand Trick" aka far hand reach method in the mid 2010's.
It is part of FC Bikes/Bike Fort Collns' Bicycle Friendly Driver Program. The BFDP is now being adopted in scores of towns and cities around the the country.
VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA 2016
In 2016 HUB Cycling (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) led an anti-dooring campaign which included the far hand method in its press information and in its PSA video. Flyers and stickers however did not feature the method.viz:
Drivers asked to stop ‘dooring’ to help cyclists (article & video)
"In British Columbia, one in 14 crashes are due to dooring. In Vancouver, one in seven bike crashes are the result of dooring....HUB Cycling recommends drivers open their door with their right hand, forcing them to do an over the shoulder check."
GREATER BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA -
Greater Boston bicycle advocates, the Cities of Boston, Somerville & Cambridge, and a major teaching hospital in Boston, Massachusetts have all engaged in anti dooring awareness and Dutch Reach campaigns. Taxis are required to place bicycle alerting decals on passenger windows. Cambridge instructs the Reach method in its Cambridge Street Code and distributes side-mirror decals to residents. Somerviile's Police Dept. deployed mobile traffic signs to message anti dooring advisories.