A 57 year old woman riding her bike was doored and flung into the path of a bus Wednesday morning.
The unidentified woman was cycling down Crotona Avenue this morning when a driver of a 2005 Toyota Camry opened the door right into her, throwing the cyclist directly into the path of a southbound BX17, according to the New York Daily News. Condolences to the cyclist, her family and those he knew her.
And now for the rant.
This part in the Daily News article especially ticks me off: “Cops issued the unidentified driver of the Camry a summons, though it was not immediately clear why.” How about New York vehicle & traffic code Section 1214?
Opening and closing vehicle doors. No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonable safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic.
Don’t these morons know it’s ILLEGAL TO OPEN YOUR DOOR INTO TRAFFIC LIKE THAT? At least the News doesn’t report this as an “accident.”
If you, as a motorist, ever wonder why “entitled, selfish, inconsiderate” cyclists ride way out into the lane, this dooring incident is a prime example of why. It’s illegal to open the door into the path of any vehicle (including a cyclist), but I see people opening their doors adjacent to me almost every day I ride in traffic. I’d be dead or maimed if I rode in the door zone, so suck it up as I take the lane in front of you. My safety trumps your convenience in any system of ethics.
This NY1 article suggests bike lanes as a solution to the dooring problem, but many bike lanes are perfect door zone indicators.
If you don’t care about the cyclists, then consider it good for your own well being as well. Losing a hand to a bus can’t be fun.
Read Riin’s Door Zone Project for more examples.