Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Use the Dutch Reach to Save Cyclists' Lives

Urban cyclists face the daily risk of 'doorings' when a driver leaves opens his car door as a cyclist passes by.  This can be drastically reduced if drivers use the "Dutch Reach" to open their car doors.  It means simply using one's right hand to open the door which forces the driver's body to turn and see oncoming cyclists.  

A British Columbia study indicates that doorings are the car-to-cyclist crash type causing the most injuries to cyclists.  

Learn more at www.dutchreach.org.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Safety Concerns Drive Seattle E-scooter Policy

Seattle has told the E-bike companies that they will have to wait for permission to operate the E-bike trial projects are completed.  Like most cities, the current infrastructure was not designed for alternative modes of transportation. 

"A little over a year ago, Seattle led the nation, becoming the first major city to open its streets to shareable bikes that didn’t need docking stations and could be left almost anywhere.
A year later, Seattle has taken the opposite tack with a similar technology that’s proven more popular than the bikes."