March 19, 2016 12:31 am
Updated: March 19, 2016 12:34 am

Drivers asked to stop ‘dooring’ to help cyclists

WATCH: One in seven bike crashes in Vancouver is caused by drivers opening their car doors into the path of cyclists. As Jennifer Palma reports, one simple change could prevent most of these accidents.

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Vancouver cyclists have begun a new campaign to raise awareness over ‘dooring’ – the act of opening the door of a parked car in front of an unsuspecting cyclist.

“For a five-year period ending [in] 2013, there were 70 dooring incidents reported to ICBC, and that’s just what was reported,” said Colin Stein of HUB Cycling, an organization focusing on safety.

“It’s obvious it’s a problem.”

In British Columbia, one in 14 crashes are due to dooring. In Vancouver, one in seven bike crashes are the result of dooring.

HUB Cycling recommends drivers open their door with their right hand, focing them to do an over the shoulder check. They’d also like ICBC to enhance driver training with even more safety strategies.

“We’re continually reviewing all of the content to ensure that what we’re saying to drivers when they’re learning to drive will help them be a fully competent and safe driver,” said Aileen Shibata, Program Manager for Road Safety with ICBC.

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