It would seem that there will be a campaign to raise awareness of car dooring with drivers in Victoria in 2012 http://www.bv.com.au/general/bikes-and-riding/93916/. It would be great if a similar campaign could be run in SA.
Being car doored is one of the hazards which concerns me most on the roads as there often no time to react if someone flings a car door in front of you at the last minute. Of course I try to take the appropriate precautions to avoid being in a door zone in the first place, but sometime where space is tight or the door is large, one can still get caught out.
Unfortunately I missed the tv news today. i was hoping one of the channels might have put it up on the web, but all I could find was a reference in the 7news twitter:
"Coming up @TimNoonan7 has video shot by a cyclist showing a collision with a car door - but you won't believe what the driver did next."
Nor would you believe the apparently pathetic police response.
I think a caution is insufficient for a hit-run injury. Martin has stated the same on post at http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/forum/topics/15-mar-2012-6pm-on-ch-...
A caution for the dooring - maybe as it was clearly careless rather than deliberate. Deliberately leaving the scene of the accident when there were clearly injuries sustained deserves the full weight of the law. Heavy fines and even jail terms can apply for this offense and the police are clearly not doing their job properly at protecting the community if a real penalty is not applied for the callous act.
I don't know if what they showed on the news last night differs from what is on the link posted by Paul, but the video on the link makes no mention of being cautioned
With reference to the news reports on the dooring, I'm getting very sick of hearing these kinds of dooring incidents being reported as "cyclist slamming into a car door". Utter Bollocks - the door has been opened into the cyclists path. No cyclist deliberately aims themselves at a car door, hoping for an injury. Ugh. The lack of intelligence in reporting subtly biases the population against cycling far too effectively.
If this wasn't such a serious topic...
maybe just a cartoon animation of cyclists deliberately slamming into car doors, hoping for an injury ...
That notion is so stupid, it's hilarious!
Luckily it never happen to me until now, but still I need extra care when get pass through (just) parked car.
But what happened to Paul is simply a silly accident with horrible result.
Silly but avoidable...the passenger didn't do any sort of risk analysis before flinging the door open.
If you watch the video in it's entirety....you can see Paul pass the four wheel drive on at least 2 occasions before the accident. If I was the driver I would have noted the cyclist was somewhere behind me and on my left and I would have noted also that if I was to stop then the cyclist would catch up with me and pass me on my left. But then again Im a motorist who's also a cyclist so I guess my risk analysis always involves cyclists.
And the person flinging open the door wasn't the driver either. Caution for the passenger, fair enough, I can see how they justified that (I wouldn't have been particularly happy about it but I don't think she deliberately tried to hit Paul), but the driver should have had the book thrown at them.
Filtering stationary traffic is perfectly legal.
AUSTRALIAN ROAD RULES - REG 141
(c) the vehicle is stationary and it is safe to overtake to the left of the vehicle.
"Bicycle", "centre of the road", "marked lane", "multi-lane road", "overtake", "right change of direction signal" and "U-turn" are defined in the dictionary.