Imagine you are biking home from work, and you live in Brighton. You are riding down a small street lined with cars on both sides. There is barely enough room for a car to squeeze through. As you are riding home, you suddenly see that one of the parked cars is occupied, and a door swings open right in your path of travel.
As this point, you have basically two choices. The first choice is that you can swerve to avoid the door and possibly crash into another car and be seriously injured, or you can try to stop in time, but will likely end up crashing into the open door. None of these choices is a good option. But the occupant of the car didn’t give you any choice.
This is called “dooring,” and no matter what the driver or even the police tell you, it is the fault of the occupant of the car, not the bicycle rider. Continue reading