Most cyclists know to avoid the door zone; that area abutting parked cars where a door could be carelessly flung open into one’s path. And here is an excellent example as to why.
Dis was me earlier, Was really close. If I didn’t had 👀 on rd or if dat ws a Uber den dis guy would of been gone 2day pic.twitter.com/tDba7aDpdS
— Taxi (@AllLondonBoy) August 3, 2015
The driver did well to get on the brakes and avoid running over the cyclist. If I had been driving I would have hung back and not overtaken the cyclist until there was more room – don’t forget, cyclists can fall off for all sorts of reasons such as pot holes.
Official training and advice reinforces this.
However, there several instances of “official” cycle infrastructure that encourages you to ride in the door zone
Furthermore, it is also a common occurrence to receive abuse from some ignorant motorists for taking primary.
Do we need a public information film to explain to drivers that when we take primary position, it’s not to annoy drivers, but for our own safety and visibility?