Bikers call for a count of ‘dooring’ accidents: Advocacy group says untracked collisions are most common – KansasCity.com

Cyclists should keep to the right. it’s the law. Actually the law says either as far right as either “practicable” or “as is safe.” But what does that mean if you are riding along a city street such as Clarkston’s 13th street? During the week only a few cars are parked along the mile or so of 13th from Bridge south to Highland. 13th presents as a wide boulevard when there is little traffic and no parked cars.  A cyclist will probably find himself drifting well off the right wheel track making more room for cars to pass. But what to do if there is a car in the parking lane? Do you stop to wait an opportunity to enter the lane? If you have to do this, you’ve been riding too far to the right. It’s okay to fade a bit, but remember your bike is a vehicle. You have a right to the lane. That means the entire lane it if it is too narrow to share and it likely will be too narrow to share if you are passing a parked car.

The Door Zone is quite often where city bike lanes are painted. If so, you shouldn’t ride in it. It is not safe. Picture one of those car doors opening. Got it?  Now you understand what advocates are asking for in Illinois.–Corrie

Traffic laws were recently strengthened in Illinois to create safety buffers for bicyclists who share streets with drivers, but state transportation officials are rejecting pleas from cycling advocates to keep records on what they consider the most common type of vehicle-bike accident.

It involves, surprisingly, vehicles that are not moving.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/03/30/2765148/bikers-call-for-a-count-of-dooring.html#ixzz1Il6m8zli

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