What can cyclists do to avoid dooring accidents in Ottawa ?
Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can all help in reducing dooring accidents. Cyclists can try as best as possible to leave enough room between themselves and the side walk. If there is enough room for a buffer, say the width of a car door, then cyclists stand a much better chance at staying safe and avoiding a dooring accident. It goes without saying that all cyclists should try as much as possible to be visible. this includes wearing brightly coloured clothes and lights. Cyclists can also reduce their chance of an accident by avoiding weaving between cars and staying in a vehicle’s blind spot.
What can motorists do to avoid accidents in Ottawa ?
Motorists play a vital role in reducing dooring accidents in Ottawa. It goes without saying the first step to avoiding a dooring accident would be to take a good long look before opening your door and exiting your vehicle. Section 165 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act states that you must check for traffic and this includes cyclists. Taking a few extra seconds can go a long way in helping reduce the number of dooring accidents in Ottawa.
Sadly dooring accidents are a very real concern in the Ottawa area. Let’s all do our part to reduce the number of cycling accidents in Ottawa!