From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
A 53-year-old Aptos man was riding eastbound in the bike lane on Soquel Drive when a man parked on the shoulder opened his car door and caused the cyclist to veer into a car that was stopped at a red light.
No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless it is reasonably safe to do so and can be done without interfering with the movement of such traffic, nor shall any person leave a door open upon the side of a vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.
Still, the article confuses me. I know Soquel Drive very well, and there is no bike lane on eastbound Soquel at Porter Street. It’s super easy to take the middle of the lane here, but traffic frequently backs up at this location and I’m sure people do filter between street parking and stopped traffic on the street. The person who opened the door is still responsible for checking to ensure the way is clear, but I hope the cyclist now understands that filtering increases his risk.