Sunday, August 23, 2009

Door Zone Safety

I just found this video today and I am kinda freaked out. I am a new cyclist and have general cycling fear (I also have driving fear so maybe I should just call it fear if being in automotive traffic) Anyway I ride pretty far away from parked Cars particularly since The Hubby was injured by getting doored. I do not however ride quite that far from them because cars already pass uncomfortably close to me (I mean close enough that I could reach out and touch them) too often. The bike lanes here are in the Door Zone. Seriously they start like 10 inches from where the cars should be parked.


  1. Yeah, when there's a bike lane next to parked cars, I stay outside of it in the traffic lane. If there's no bike lane, and there are parked cars, unless it's an unusually wide lane, it's often just best to take the whole thing, so people can't fool themselves into thinking they can squeeze by. Sucks, but that's the way it goes here. I got doored once. That was plenty.

  2. Ditto. Clearly there'll be tight spots here and there, but if you feel there's a general pattern of getting squeezed, then that indicates you're probably allowing it by giving up your safe zone.

    Motorists (like myself) appreciate hand signals, even if it's just an informal dangling left hand 'hinting', combined with sitting bolt upright for visibility. After the tight spot, they see you relax body position and put your hand back on the bars. You give a little back when there's plenty of width. As with all vehicular travel, it's a give and take...

  3. It is good to now that it is a wise choice to take the lanes her but I think it is going to take me some getting used to.

  4. I've seen this video. I was about to link to it on my blog. It's incredibly eye opening. Bike lane planners need to take a look at this video and understand the dynamic between cyclists, the bike lane and parked cars.

    I normally ride to the outside of the bike lane, sometimes even on the outside line away from the parked cars.

    I scan each car I pass and treat each car like a loaded gun which can go off at any given moment.

    I ring my bell, yell and proceed to take evasive maneuvers if someone jumps out at me without looking, which has happened but staying vigilant has kept me from getting doored. (Thank you Jebus.)

    Ride safe everyone. :)

  5. Dude, I've been riding in Pasadena/LA for 15 years, and I'm still "getting used to" it. (I keep hoping that LA will get used to me first...)

  6. Take the lane. Don't just kinda drift over, ride in the left tire track. In my experience that's the best way to prevent cars from buzzing you.


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