01 Sep '11, 12pm

Dooring is the 2nd most common cause of injury while biking in SF:

City bicyclists know the dangers of the door zone : In this three feet of road closest to parked cars, it's not uncommon for careless drivers (or cops -- see below) to swing their doors open without looking. The ensuing collision of metal, glass, and flesh can be disastrous, and since most bike lanes are nestled up against parked cars, the door zone also effectively cuts many bike lanes in half. There are a number of better ways to design bike lanes, but redesigning a street costs money -- something most cities are short on these days. In bike-centric cities like San Francisco, the door zone can be a big problem. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) notes that dooring is the second most common cause of injury while biking, so the agency set out to do something about it. Their economical solution involved painting a few lines to alert riders to the exte...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/biking/2011-09-01-the-dangers-of-the...

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