Toronto City Council re: Doorings by Ride Share Passengers & Drivers

Toronto Canada Cycling Advocates Call on City Council for driver training on Doorings after Board of Health member is doored by Uber passenger. Chris Glover files motion September 25, 2017.

Click on image to read article, Toronto Metro, 1 Oct 2017.

Toronto City Council motion submitted on Doorings by Ride Shares Sept 25, 2017 1/3.

Toronto City Council motion submitted on Doorings by Ride Shares Sept 25, 2017 2/3.

Toronto City Council motion submitted on Doorings by Ride Shares Sept 25, 2017 3/3.

Letter of Info to Toronto City Council re Doorings; Uber safety videos; Reach signage; NY Road Share video, etc.

re:  Motion to Reduce the Number of “Doorings” in Toronto
 

Dear Mayor and Councillors,

 
I write to share information to assist your deliberations and possible future actions to address doorings by ride share passengers in Toronto.  
 
Toronto is by no means alone in its attempt to protect vulnerable road users (and ride share passengers themselves) from life altering injuries due to inattentive and neglent conduct.
 
VIDEOS & ADVISORIES:
 
It is noteworthy that Uber Co. has been long aware of the inexperience and heedlessness of its drivers. They produced a 4 series of short driver road share training videos for their San Francisco employees  in 2016.
 
Road Sharing the Road with Bicycles | UBER
 
New York State's Governor's Traffic Safety Committee funded this video by Albany Police & NYBC teaches the Dutch Reach as well:

Sharing The Road (Part 1) - Bicycle Law in New York State: https://vimeo.com/227298327

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents UK, Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation, & the US Governor's Traffic Safety Assn have also produced either videos and/or advisories recognizing the far hand method as a best safety practice.
 
 
For Massachusetts Driver's Manual Dooring advisory, see attached &
https://www.dutchreach.org/massrmv-press-release-dutch-reach-in-drivers-manual/
 
For GHSA safety advice, NYBC signage etc, https://www.dutchreach.org/breaking-news-2-2-2-2/
 
 
SIGNAGE:  New York Bicycling Committee has produced Dutch Reach signage for 'cling' decal for vehicle windows and traffic sign usage.  (See attached).
 
Ride share drivers must be trained in the method, but heedless ride share passengers are the main offenders.  Having prepaid electronically impatient passengers demand or simply exit when the vehicle is stopped in traffic near their destination.  As they rate their drivers, the drivers are hesitant if not powerless to stop such safety violations.
 
For additional videos, graphics, information on behavioral dooring prevention, see the Dutch Reach Project website at www.dutchreach.org
 
Yours truly,
 
Michael L. Charney
Dutch Reach Project
@dutchreach & #dutchreach on Twitter
 
Cambridge, MA, USA

Dutch Reach Window Decal

Dutch Reach Universal Sign for UK, & other left side-of-road driving countries, version with cyclist, window, steering wheel and dotted line of sight between driver & cyclist.. Figure swivels to right side for right over-the-shoulder check for on-coming cyclists or other vehicles to avoid dooring crashes. Silhouetted iconic human figure in solid black on white background, seated but swiveled to left with right far (right) hand extended to 'door latch', head turned back over left shoulder with arrow line of sight backwards looking, scanning, for on-coming bicyclists, cyclists, vulnerable users or other traffic or vehicles which might otherwise be doored if occupant opened car door heedlessly. Doorings can result in serious, even fatal injuries to exiting drivers or passengers as well as more commonly to cyclists. The Dutch Reach method shown in the image prevents careless exiting of vehicles. This graphic symbol is intented for traffic signs, parking signs, warning to prevent and avoid doorings by exiting occupants in or adjacent to traffic or travel lanes. Credit: NY Bicycling Coalition.

NYBC window decal shows Dutch Reach safe exit habit for drivers .Accompanying text describes far hand method & advantages.

Dutch Reach Sign Icon

Dutch Reach Universal Sign, Figure swivels for left over-the-shoulder check for on-coming cyclists or other vehicles to avoid dooring crashes. Silhouetted iconic human figure in solid black on white background, seated but swiveled to left with right far (right) hand extended to 'door latch', head turned back over left shoulder with arrow line of sight backwards looking, scanning, for on-coming bicyclists, cyclists, vulnerable users or other traffic or vehicles which might otherwise be doored if occupant opened car door heedlessly. Doorings can result in serious, even fatal injuries to exiting drivers or passengers as well as more commonly to cyclists. The Dutch Reach method shown in the image prevents careless exiting of vehicles. This graphic symbol is intented for traffic signs, parking signs, warning to prevent and avoid doorings by exiting occupants in or adjacent to traffic or travel lanes.

Dutch Reach Universal Sign, Figure swivels for left over-the-shoulder check for on-coming cyclists or other vehicles to avoid dooring crashes. Design: NY Bicycling Coalition. Click image for larger png.

Dutch Reach Sign with Cyclist

Boston Globe Diagram

A Safer Way - The Dutch Reach. Illustrative diagram. of far hand anti dooring method to prevent bicycle - car crashes caused by sudden opening of vehicle doors obstructing the bike land or travel lane. Credit: Boston Globe Staff; May 31, 2017, p. A1.

A Safer Way - The Dutch Reach. Illustrative diagram. Credit: Boston Globe Staff; May 31, 2017, p. A1.

Uber Driver Traning Video for San Francisco (2016)