An all too common form of incident that can cause serious problems for cyclists
As cyclists we constantly have to have our wits about us, particularly when riding in urban areas, with a whole load of hazards that could potentially cause us injury.
One of the most common hazards that cyclists face is “car dooring”, which has led to the death of cyclists in the past.
What is car dooring?
Car dooring, or simply “dooring”, is where a cyclist (or motorcyclist) is hit by the door of a parked vehicle opened by a passenger or driver, usually after they fail to check over their shoulder for cyclists.
This type of collision occurs most frequently in urban areas where cars are parallel parked along the side of a road. Taxi ranks and lines of cars parked outside schools in the morning and mid-afternoon are common places that these types of incidents occur.
Is car dooring illegal?
Car dooring is illegal under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, which states that “No person shall open, or cause or permit to be opened, any door of a vehicle on a road so as to injure or endanger any person”.
This offence has been criticised by cycling charities such as Cycling UK as it only allows for a maximum punishment of a £1,000, with there being no