Have you ever won the “door prize”?

The Toronto Star reports this morning that cyclists in Toronto have reported being “doored” 62 times between November 2013 and August 2014.

“Dooring,” which occurs when a stopped car suddenly opens its door and hits a cyclist, is among the worst fears of urban bike riders. From 2012 until November 2013, Toronto police didn’t track the incidents because of a change in the provincial definition of a “collision.”

After the Star highlighted the statistical blind spot last year, the chair of the police services board asked the force to start tracking so-called “door prizes” again.

Between Nov. 5, 2013, and Aug. 12, 2014, police received 62 reports of dooring. That’s on pace to be considerably fewer than the 144 a year Toronto averaged between 2007 and 2011.

I believe the onus is on the cyclist to avoid getting doored. How? Don’t ride so closed to parked cars.

cbc-door_prizeI would be interested in knowing how many of those door prizes were awarded while riders were ostensibly “safe” in a bike lane.

And in other news, the Star also reports that the new bike lanes along Adelaide with have barriers to separate bikes from cars. I would never, ever want to use one of those lanes. I would feel hemmed in and would have to ride as slow as the tortoise-on-wheels in front of me.

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