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8/12/2013
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"Dooring", "Door Prize" etc.

There are lots of different names for this type of accident. But they all amount to the same thing.

The door of a parked car is opened into the path of a cyclist who is riding by. And I think you know what happens to the cyclist. WHAM !!

In 2012 the police in Toronto stopped keeping track of the "doorings" which take place in that city.

Why? Ontario changed the definition of a "collision" so that crashes involving stationary vehicles were no longer included.

So Justin Bull, a cyclist who apparently wasn't too happy about the change, created an app based on the theory that tracking and recording statistics concerning "door prize" accidents would draw attention to this problem.

What a great idea !!

It all sounds pretty straightforward. If  a cyclist is unfortunate enough to have been "doored" they go to Doored.ca and report the accident. And a body of statisical data is developed as as result.

Here's the thing. As Bull told Matt Malloway on CBC's Metro Morning ( I guess that's some time of a radio or tv show in Toronto), regardless of whether police keep statistics or not:

" At the end of the day people are still at risk of being hurt, thrown into the street and run over by other cars on the street".

Good work Justin Bull.

And if you have any questions regarding "Dooring" or "Door Prize" accident feel free to give me a call at 604-255-9018. I'd be happy to talk to you.

 



Category: Bicycle Accidents


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