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Old 06-10-2017, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Didnt know about how the Dutch have their car door handles in a different position..and isnt a a good idea or wouldnt everyone like it..

To prevent dooring accidents, The Telegraph reports that drivers in the Netherlands rely on a simple practice that’s been dubbed the “Dutch Reach": After parking, they reach for their car door’s handle using their right arm instead of their left one, even though the latter is closer to the door. This method forces the drivers to pivot their bodies so they look over their shoulders, allowing them to notice incoming bikers on the street.
Opening Your Car Door Like the Dutch Do Can Save Cyclists' Lives | Mental Floss
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Old 06-10-2017, 01:28 PM
 
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The handles aren't in a different location. They're just using the opposite hand and taught that as part of driving test.
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Exactly how many "dooring accidents" are there? I don't remember even coming close.
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Bike riders in Holland are kamikaze riders.
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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Bike riders in Holland are kamikaze riders.
Exactly!
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:18 PM
 
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This would only stop the accidents that involve someone or something running into your open door.
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Old 06-10-2017, 07:26 PM
 
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Yeah, only really relevant here in cities with a high biking population.
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:48 PM
 
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Exactly how many "dooring accidents" are there? I don't remember even coming close.
There was a bad one in, I think, Ottawa, a couple of years ago. A woman on her bike was doored into the path of an oncoming car, which then ran her over. I don't remember if she survived.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:35 AM
 
Location: London U.K.
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Bike riders in Holland are kamikaze riders.
If you want to see kamikaze, come to London, some, but not all, cyclists appear to have a death wish.

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This would only stop the accidents that involve someone or something running into your open door.
Really? Well gee whiz, that's amazing.
If you mean something else that I missed, I apologise.
Once, when I was a taxi driver, a guy paid me through my driver's side window, and a £1 coin dropped down by the door sill.
I stopped at a set of lights, checked my door mirror, then cracked the door 3 or 4 centimetres with my left hand, (remember, I'm in London, U.K.), reached down for the coin, holding the door so it could open no further, and as a moped tried to get between me and the bus to my right, his mirror caught the edge of my door, bending it toward him on its swivel, but not breaking it.
He demanded the name of my insurance company, saying that he'd claim for a new, (remember, unbroken), mirror.
I graciously declined, gave him my badge and taxi plate numbers, and suggested that he knocked himself out trying.
I never heard a thing, and this was around 2005.
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