Sample City Council Actions
Here are suggestions for municipal officials or local activists when seeking to promote the Dutch Reach method.
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.
Washington D.C., USA
On Oct 27, 2017, District of Columbia DDOT announced #DCReach a November-long anti- car dooring campaign to promote the Dutch Reach. High crash incident streets will be targeted for intensive retraining of motorists when parking. Social media outreach will be emphasized using hashtag #DCReach.