• A lesson in door zone avoidance

    by  • September 16, 2012 • Safety, Traffic Control • 4 Comments

    An educational video about riding in lanes with parallel parking, and how best to avoid opening car doors. This is why Bike Delaware advocates for sharrows (shared lane arrows) on streets with slow traffic in roughly the middle of the lane as opposed to door zone bike lanes. Wilmington’s Market Street already has sharrows, and several other cities around Delaware are considering sharrows in these conditions, including Dover and Newark. -Photo right courtesy of Mighk Wilson



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    4 Responses to A lesson in door zone avoidance

    1. Alan Coffey
      September 16, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      RE. Newark, and crosswalk concrete, and kids who “own the road”, and rubbernecking drivers, and deliveries from double parked trucks, and …

    2. Frank Warnock
      September 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      The real benefit on a road like Main Street is the awareness sharrows will bring, that bikes *do* have a place on the road and in the lane of traffic. This has the added benefit of reducing sidewalk riding.

      True; Main is usually choked up with traffic or the anomalies you mention, so most riders are going to take the path of least resistance in any case.

    3. James
      September 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      I know other states have them. But are there ANY door zone bike lanes in Delaware? I can’t recall seeing a single one in Delaware.

    4. Justin de Leon
      September 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks for sharing… definitely thought of Main St in Newark. And I thought just a few feet away from the cars was ok!

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