Safety campaign aims to help drivers avoid “dooring” people on bikes
March 17, 2016
Raise Your Bike IQ with a Driving Safety Tip from HUB Cycling
Approximately 1 in 7 bike crashes in Vancouver are caused when a car driver or passenger opens a vehicle door in the path of an oncoming bike.
Dooring can cause significant injury, and has even killed people riding their bikes, and in response, HUB Cycling has teamed up with Vancouver Coastal Health to remind everyone to 'Open Your Eyes, Then Your Door'.
As part of their cycling education program 'Raise Your Bike IQ', HUB is promoting safety tips to prevent injuries to the growing number of children, men and women cycling on our city streets.
"If you drive, you're responsible for making sure you don't open your door in the path of someone on a bike," said Colin Stein, Director of Marketing, Communications and Campaigns at HUB Cycling. "Check your rearview and side mirrors - even better, always open your door with your right hand, so you automatically look over your shoulder and can easily check for people on bikes that could be hit by your door."
According to Stein, ICBC driver training doesn't cover many bicycle-vehicle interactions. “We hope that the Province and ICBC update education and testing materials, as they are important safety messages.”
"Our ultimate goal is to make cycling even safer, so everyone can enjoy this fun, healthy and economical way of getting around."
Read more about the dooring avoidance campaign from HUB Cycling and Vancouver Coastal Health at bikehub.ca/bike-IQ.