wow. the point is that it is illegal and very dangerous for drivers to open a door into the path of oncoming traffic, especially for cyclists. it’s one of the most deadly types of accidents. if you survive the initial impact, you are still often thrown onto the ground in the path of traffic behind you.
HOW TO OPEN YOUR CAR DOOR:
turn your body, & open it with your RIGHT HAND.
it forces you to look over your shoulder to see if a car, bike or pedestrian is coming, so you won’t a) damage your car or b) HURT OR KILL SOMEONE
true, but cyclists are also douches that think they own the whole fuckin road all for themselves. if you see a car about to park then you know they’re going to open their door after…so you COULD just avoid that considering that bike already took the whole lane for himself. there’s a bike lane for a reason. how to bike: open your eyes
Yep. I live near a college. I work near another college. I am also in college at night. If I had a penny for every cyclist I see doing stupid things (like darting around stopped cars, or going against the flow of traffic, or ignoring traffic signals or not using the bike lane) I’d be rich. Also? Not everyone can turn to open the car door with their opposite hand. I’ve seen far too many cyclists try to do shit like this to people who already had their leg(s) out of the car (pro tip: sometimes people with disabilities go out and do things in their vehicles) because they didn’t want to wait for that person to get out like a driver of a car is supposed to do. Please note the red light and the clear lane of traffic that the driver is seeing as they start to get out of their vehicle.
Also, as a commuter cyclist, if there’s that much room in the road (which there almost always is) and someone’s opening their door in any normal manner i.e. not trying to hit me with their door I can, and do, usually avoid it. That’s a part of two modes of transportation converging, you adapt NOT attack. Aggressive cyclists don’t make the roads any safer. It just means eventually some person that you slam the door of shifts into drive and comes after your ass.
let me counter this, as someone who has been a commuter cyclist for eight years
unless you live in a lovely bike-friendly community like portland or the bay area or st. paul/minneapolis, boulder, etc, most of these tactics don’t work. I rode for four years in los angeles with a 12 mile commute in either direction. sometimes, you can’t ride a safe distance from doors, and that was the case when I got doored. if a city does not have the infrastructure for cyclist, often that means there is little to no education on the part of the general public about how to pass a cyclist in a car, how to open doors, how to ride defensively and offensively, and so on
for example, for years, it was nearly impossible to take the lane in los angeles unless you were a super fast, super aggressive driver. in california, the vehicle code 21202 makes it totally legal for a cyclist to take the lane when it is unsafe to ride to the far right position. this does not matter to drivers, though, and I was rear-ended more times than I can count because people in cars did not care that i was trying to avoid getting doored. all they saw was that I was just a “douche” who was trying to “own the road.” no dudes, i am TRYING NOT TO DIE. this is especially the case for riders who are not as fast as I am, who are carrying more stuff than me, etc. so we stick to the right to avoid getting rear-ended, and this is exactly how I got doored. (even worse, I got doored by a PASSENGER GETTING OUT OF A CAR IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAFFIC.)
i understand that there are some fucking horrible people who ride bikes and i am not proposing that everyone should be dicks and slam doors as they go by, but y’all… these are huge metal things you are operating, and they can kill me and other folks, and they do kill cyclists all the time.
i am always wary of this sort of talk because it often ignores a huge contingent of cycling commuters, at least in places like Los Angeles or East Oakland: immigrants and poor people of color who cannot afford to take public transportation because it’s too expensive. that’s the whole reason i started biking in 2005. i had lost my job and i couldn’t afford a $4 Metro Day Pass to get around, so I would ride 17 miles from Downey to downtown Los Angeles for interviews AND my first job in the Wilshire/Western area until I could afford a monthly pass. i rode a shitty hybrid mountain bike thing that couldn’t go fast, and it was terrifying because no one respected me on the road. but what choice did i have? i couldn’t WALK 17 miles a day.
i would just prefer if talk about cyclists was a lot more nuanced than “LOL SHITTY WHITE HIPSTERS AND FIXIES” because that’s not the reality of it
“cyclists on the road trying to protect themselves are rude”
I’ve gotten around Los Angeles (and I’m 99% sure that gif is from the Bunker Hill area) on every means of transportation there is - car, and various combinations of bus/bike/walking, both for over a year.
And the hierarchy of “who’s most likely to do something stupid/douchey to someone else” has almost exclusively gone cars > cyclists > pedestrians, with a little side bit of cars > buses.