Tips for cyclists in the article
Tips for drivers
When you’re getting into or out of the car, you should:
If you’re driving your car past parked cars and cyclists, you can help too. If you give cyclists at least a metre clearance, they will have some space if they need to swerve to avoid an unexpectedly opened vehicle door. “Leaving a metre” makes sure cyclists have a safe space around them whether there is a bike lane or not.
Related links from items published in the BUG News. (A monthly newsletter available to members of my AC advocacy groups, i.e. Adelaide BUG, Prospect BUG, Look For Cyclists and Vote For Cyclists.)
3.3 Police bosses fail on dooring death
Posted on the Bicycle Victoria website on Thursday 10-Nov-2011.
3.4 Finding into death with inquest (extracts)
In the Coroners Court of Victoria at Melbourne, Court Reference 1041/10
3.1 NZ cracks down on 'dooring'
From Bicycle Victoria on Wednesday 23-Mar-2011.
Yeah, that's really where a metre does matter.
"Be vigilant about drivers/passengers opening car doors; check for heads through rear and side windows and side mirrors."
Everyone ignore this! the one time and only time i have been doored was by an very little italian lady who was shorter than car seat of her merc. ALWAYS leave a metre.
Don't ignore this. If you see a head in the car you are forewarned, just don't assume that you are safe because you can't see one.
Andrew, you overlook that hard to see clearly into some vehicles due to high head restraints and now too-dark window tinting. Below is an extract from one of my submissions to government.
Decrease tinting of vehicle glass / windows
Prof Wegman stated at a public meeting on 13-May-2010 that drivers need eye contact, when asked a question about the poor safety of tinted windows. Cyclists know that darkened vehicle glass is unsafe for them. Cyclist unable to see if a person in a parked vehicle, and about to open door or pull out from kerb. Unable to see if a driver at an intersection has looked towards the cyclist and will give way.
The Australasian Branch of the International Window Film Association has lobbied for approval for tinting of front side windows of cars down to a level such that 35% of incident visible light is transmitted through to the driver. South Australia currently has a minimum level of visible light transmittance of 70% for front side windows. This Report explores the safety implications of the proposed greater levels of tinting on front side windows and concludes that road safety would be adversely affected by allowing such a move.
The SA Government appears to have put businesses before road safety. Despite this 2004 report, from 1-Jan-2010 SA vehicles permitted even darker glass tinting. Refer
Sorry maybe everyone misunderstood. the first line was a quote from the article at the start of the blog..thats why it had the "" marks. sorry i assumed everyone read the article first.
i was only quoting it and then saying its crap! if you check for a driver and you dont see one, DO NOT ride closer than a metre because you cant trust it..
and yes Heather window tinting is a real trap because you cant tell if a driver has seen you esp with cars entering from side streets. you basically have to slam on the brakes until you see a sign that the car is slowing.
Andrew, OK. Still disappointing that the government has put business before road safety, especially safety of cyclists.
+1 Andrew. Better to assume that every car door may open- Also every parked car may just take off and enter traffic without indicating.
Its a good idea to look at the wheels of any stationary cars you are passing or which are stopped at intersections or which look like they may dart out - any motion of the wheels is easy to spot and can give you that critical extra moment to react.
Definitely second that, I do lots of wheel watching. Car "body language" as well certainly allows one to predict vehicular movements.
I got "doored" last week on my way to work - ended up in the A&E section at Flinders.
I think I will get one of these: