Thou shalt not door cyclists

Yesterday morning, on the same day that the Vatican issued its “10 Commandments for Good Motorists” in a 36-page document called Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road, a fellow Montreal blogger got doored by a pickup truck.

Not only did the Tinman get doored, he went down in a heap and then another car ran over his bicycle and his leg. He’s full of cuts and bruises but fortunately no bones were broken.

The Pope’s driving commandments are:

  1. You shall not kill.
  2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
  3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
  4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
  5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
  6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
  7. Support the families of accident victims.
  8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
  9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
  10. Feel responsible toward others.

While there is no specific anti-dooring commandment, I think numbers 2, 9, and 10 pretty much cover it.

I consider myself lucky that I’ve never been doored, although I’ve come close a few times. To my shame, I admit I almost did the dooring once, a long time ago, when I was distracted and not thinking as I got out of my car. Since then I am extra prudent when I’m on either side of the equation.

In the mean time, thank (insert mystical figure of your choice) the Tinman isn’t more seriously injured.

5 thoughts on “Thou shalt not door cyclists

  1. Oh my gosh! Poor Tinman! My purse (resting on my handlebars) got doored the other day. I ride my bike around expecting people to acidentally door me, so I am extra cautious. Hope Tinman heals swiftly.

  2. I am definitely thankful the Tinman is not more injured. I swear he has 9 lives. Thanks for calling to check up on him yesterday.

  3. God, (appropriate!) cycling in Montreal has to be one of the most Xtreme sports there can be.

    Until this city recognises that cycling is extremely dangerous, it should take a nod from China and Japan and let people bike on the sidewalk. In the five years I lived in Japan I got bumped a couple of times but to my knowledge no one had to to wear a helmet and no one broke a leg.

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  5. Just returned from vacationing in Germany/Austria where we cycled a lot. Part of the problem here is inappropriate lanes/places for cyclists – having seen the magic of bike heavy Europe from a cyclists’ perspective only last week.

    That being said, a friend of mine has pioneered the kick-n-shut maneuver for closing car doors. You see a new foe is upon us. The person (sadly it’s mostly women, but some fashionable men are also at fault – this trick was invented by a woman so there’s no need to scream bloody murder) about to get out of the car puts their left hand on the door latch/release and in one, single motion, opens the door while bending down and over to the right side passenger seat to pickup a purse off the floor. This move is done blind with respect to traffic movements – and can be especially dangerous to the cyclist.

    The move/dance step is completed with a hard kick of the passing cyclist’s heel to close the blindly-opened door as one passes.

    I have yet to try this, since, after having my own run in with a Mustang’s large door several years ago, I bike a little more slowly and often stick to the paths for the morning commute. I do, however, applaud those who engage in the necessary warfare.

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