Last month, Toronto police announced that they won’t track the number of cyclists “doored” by drivers unless they are ordered to by the police board. The force stopped tracking the widely feared accident—which involves a moving bike getting hit by an abruptly opened car door—last year.
This announcement prompted Justin Bull to take matters into his own hands. The Toronto-based web developer created Doored.ca, a website that allows cyclists to post information about their dooring accidents. Users can include when and where the collision took place, as well as a description of what happened.
Bull hopes it will stimulate discussion about doorings, help to identify poor cycling infrastructure in certain areas, and potentially encourage police to re-start formal tracking. (One of the po-po’s own is even calling for such measures after being recently doored himself.) In the meantime, everyone should take a page from Bull’s mensch-y notebook and watch out for each other.
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