Car dooring

Car dooring

Think of the impact

A car door can cause terrible injuries if it opens into the path of someone riding.

That’s why we’re asking people who drive to think of the impact.

Look before opening your door

When getting out of your car always check behind for people on bikes.

Remember, someone riding may need to take the lane to avoid the car door zone, so please be patient and only pass if it's safe. Allow at least 1 metre with the bike in front of your car. If travelling over 60km/h, allow at least 1.5 metres.

You can be fined and lose demerit points if you pass too close to someone riding.

A reminder for your car 

These small stickers provide a reminder to watch out for people riding.

Complete the form below to order a set.

Bike lanes

A bike lane is a marked lane on the road for use by bike riders. Bike riders must use this lane if it is signed as below.

Exceptions apply when it not safe, or practical to ride in the lane (such as having to avoid an opening car door or parked car).

Shoulder lanes

Marked shoulder lanes provide space for bike riders to travel on the road beside parked vehicles. It is not a legal requirement to use a shoulder lane – bike riders have every right to take the lane.

We advise not riding in shoulder lanes and are progressively removing shoulder lanes to encourage people to ride wide of the door zone.

How common is car dooring?

Results from our recent Twitter poll highlights that car dooring is a real and present danger among people who ride, with a significant number of riders reporting at least 1 near miss.

Think of the impact stickers

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Last updated: Wednesday, 5 June 2019