Monday, June 22, 2015

Beware The Door Zone

Getting doored is unpleasant when riding a bicycle.

You're just happily pedaling away and whap! A metal car door opens and strikes you and your bicycle and next thing you're on pavement, assessing whether you have a broken collarbone or wrist.

The threat is made worse by well-intentioned road designer who plan bike lanes adjacent to parking spaces.

Like this in Las Vegas.

Take the traffic lane and give yourself room outside the dreaded "door zone."

Also, in Nevada motorists are required under law to move over one traffic lane if there's an extra passing lane when passing a bicyclist.

This can be a problem when you're a bicyclist in a narrow bike lane and cars are passing you in their narrow lanes and buzzing you.

So move over and avoid hitting a bicyclist.

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