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How to minimize awfulness when doored
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After Dustin Valenta's awful dooring and hit-and-run last week,…Continue

Tags: prevention, injury, dooring

Started this discussion. Last reply by Juan Primo Feb 24, 2013.

 

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Juan Primo replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"Best piece of writing I saw today!  Totally did a Loony Tunes with face and hands on the rear window."
Feb 24, 2013
J2O replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"Ha!  I don't crash very often, but I avoid quite a few.  I commute year round and have been riding for over two decades.  Lots of opportunity for shenanigans. "
Feb 24, 2013
Julie Hochstadter replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"And if only all cabs had sliding doors.... "
Feb 24, 2013
wig [ isaac ] replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"I would like to see car doors swing open 175 deg on impact. Just like on a jeep wrangler."
Feb 24, 2013
J2O replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"1.  Stay in the left 1/3 of the bike lane whenever there are cars parked on the right.  This may annoy the guy behind you, but honestly, you're slowing him down for less than 30 seconds. 2.  Look through the car.  Look…"
Feb 23, 2013
Kevin K replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"GO SLOW IN THE DOOR ZONE 1. It increases you odds of being able to stop before you hit the door, avoiding the accident entirely 2. If you do hit the door, slower speed = less force on impact. Force of impact is the SQUARE of your velocity. Impact…"
Feb 23, 2013
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Feb 17, 2013
Anne Alt replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"Exactly. If you stay fully aware of your surroundings (what's ahead as well as what's approaching from behind) and adjust your speed and position as needed, you can almost always  avoid doorings (as in my rough statistics above).If a…"
Feb 17, 2013
Joe Guzzardo replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"I agree. As I've said elsewhere, my target will be the arm that opened that door, and if I break it, then I've shared the pain and dissipated a fair bit of the force with that impact. I'd rather be splayed across the hood of the…"
Feb 17, 2013
yai danche replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"the interior of the car doors should have some reflective element (like the outline of the door).  i noticed how hard it was for me to see open car doors when it was raining at night.  it didn't tell help that my route was poorly lit.…"
Feb 15, 2013
D Horst replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"This discussion is reinforcing my initial thought, which was to brake hard and steer into the car. (Better the devil you know- stationary object- than the devil you don't- potentially lethal traffic in the travel lane.) Not having any physics…"
Feb 15, 2013
Cameron 7.5 mi replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"In general I'll agree with what you and Lowe have said, but with one change. Instead of hitting the door head on, turn the wheel somewhat parallel with the door so that you have a glancing initial impact that leaves you sliding along…"
Feb 15, 2013
Anne Alt replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"Having been doored a few times over the years, I've found that there is no universal answer for all situations.  The closest I could come is this.1.  If at all possible to ride completely out of the door zone, DO IT! 2.  If…"
Feb 15, 2013
David Barish replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
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Feb 15, 2013
Will G - 10mi replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"I agree with what Lowe said. My personal opinion would be to take the hit into the door/(hopefully)exiting driver. I feel that you'll stand a much better chance of surviving a direct impact with an open car door than you would a glancing blow…"
Feb 15, 2013
ChiBikeGeek replied to D Horst's discussion How to minimize awfulness when doored
"I haven't been doored, but I doubt that many people who get seriously injured in a dooring have time to really mitigate the impact.  That said, physics says: The impulse force is related to the change in momentum (mass * velocity) /…"
Feb 15, 2013

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At 5:40pm on April 1, 2012, mike w. said…

Hullo, D!

 
 
 

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