Anti-Dooring Campaigns

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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.

TORONTO, CANADA

Why dooring cyclists is like a sunny day  - Treehugger

The Door Prize  - Treehugger

Door prize – Biking TorontoCollecting the Door Prize  - Treehugger

Door Prize Lady Charged "To The Full Extent of the Law"  - Treehugger

Survey: Should Drivers Who Give Out The Door Prize Be Charged?  - Treehugger

The Guardian on the Door Prize: How Bad Bike Lane Design Is Killing Cyclists  - The Guardian

Here's how drivers can help save cyclist lives: Do the "Dutch Reach"  -  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

 

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA -- 2012

NEW YORK CITY 

LOOK Safety Campaign

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/look.shtml

 

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.

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UNE PORTE UNE VIE - MONTREAL, CANADA, 2014

"One Door One Life" / "Une Porte Une Vie"

Cyclists launch campaign to prevent ‘dooring’

Cyclists launch campaign to prevent ‘dooring’

Ongoing Une Porte Une Vie website

Que faire en cas d'emportiérage?

 

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VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA -- pre- 2012 & ONGOING

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

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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.

 

 

 

Which side of the road...?

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA - 2008, 2013 --

February, 2013:

“Look Chicago” Anti-Dooring Campaign - which includes fad hand method in flier. See adjacent image.

 

June, 2008:

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.

 

2013 "Look Chicago" anti dooring campaign flier, tells drivers to use right hand; warns of harms to bicyclists & legal consequences & liability for driver.

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.

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikecode.htm

 

 

Anti-dooring flier recommends far hand method to drivers, part of New Haven, CT's Dept. of Transportation, Traffic & Parking bike safety initiative of 2013.

"Doors Hurt" flier produced by the City of New Haven, CT, USA Dept of Transportation, Traffic & Parking for its 2013 anti- dooring campaign.  Click on image to enlarge.

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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.

Driver reeducation flier placed under windshield wiper of parked cars, Orange St, New Haven, CT in 2013; advises 'Amsterdam method.'

Driver reeducation flier, placed under windshield wiper of parked cars on Orange St, New Haven, CT in 2013,  advises 'reach across door- opening technique.'

 

Message on Bike Friendly Driver course slide: Tip: HOW TO AVOID: Motorists - Use this Opposite Hand Trick. (To avoid dooring cyclists when opening car door).

Tip: "HOW TO AVOID:
Motorists - Use this
Opposite Hand Trick. "
Slide is part of FC Bikes' Bicycle Friendly Driver Program training course section on Door Zones and dooring prevention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Logo for Fort Collins, CO FC Bikes'  Bicycle Friendly Driver Program.. Image of a steering wheel with spoked bicycle wheel as its hub.

Logo for Fort Collins, CO FC Bikes' Bicycle Friendly Driver Program.

BOSTON/CAMBRIDGE/SOMERVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA -

Greater Boston, Massachusetts