Most of us have been guilty of rushing out of our car without first checking for cyclists, thinking afterwards “that was stupid, but I’ll remember to check next time
Usually the consequence of forgetting to check for a rider before getting out of our car is little more than a ping of guilt at our own negligence. However, if a car door is opened in front of a bicycle or motorcycle rider the consequences can be catastrophic.
For riders, the prospect of a car door opening in front of them is a fear that is constantly with them as they negotiate the parked cars, trams and increasingly heavy traffic of Melbourne’s road network.
The number of both bicycle riders and cars on our roads is increasing, and with this comes the increased risk of collisions between them. In recent years the frequency of car doorings, when a person exiting a vehicle opens their door in front of a cyclist, has increased. VicRoads data shows there has been over 800 casualty crashes involving car dooring of riders in the last five years, and despite a slight dip in 2015 this disturbing trend is on the increase.
Vicroads data shows there has been over 800 casualty crashes involving car dooring of riders in the last five years