Todie's Wild Ride II: Share the Responsibility II
Sunday, 09 August 2009
Montana, United States
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This coin is part of the Todie's Wild Ride II race to help raise motorcycle and bicycle awareness. Where it travels doesn't matter as long as it keeps traveling as far and wide as possible!
About This Item
The second of what will eventually be 10 coins highlighting common types of bicycle accidents and ways to avoid them.
Collision Type #2:
The Door Prize
A driver opens his door right in front of you. You run right into it if you can't stop in time. If you're lucky, the motorist will exit the car before you hit the door, so you'll at least have the pleasure of smashing them too when you crash, and their soft flesh will cushion your impact. This kind of crash is more common than you might think, and in fact cyclists crashing into parked cars is the #1 kind of car-bike collision in Santa Barbara. (source)We've compiled a list of cyclists killed by running into open car doors.
How to avoid this collision:
Ride to the left. Ride far enough to the left that you won't run into any door that's opened unexpectedly. You may be wary about riding so far into the lane that cars can't pass you easily, but you're more likely to get doored by a parked car if you ride too close to it than you are to get hit from behind by a car which can clearly see you.
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