You're riding along on your bike, minding your own lane, when suddenly a driver flings open a car door right in front of you. If you're lucky, you brake in time or swerve out of the way. If you're not lucky, you could die.
As the Atlantic Cities reports, earlier this week the Virginia state Senate easily passed a bill that makes opening car doors into traffic "unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so" an infraction punishable of a fine up to $100. Not much, but better than nothing, right? Well, not if you're Virginia House Speaker William Howell (R) or Virginian-Pilot columnist Kerry Dougherty, who called the bill "stupid" and "asinine," respectively.
According to Cyclelicious, 40 states plus the District of Columbia have anti-dooring laws of some kind. But come on: How many cyclists do you know who have been doored, and how many drivers do you know who have ever gotten in trouble for it?
Being doored is why I essentially ride in the middle of the lane. Sorry, drivers that follow me. Getting doored could kill me.
— Michael Perkins (@perkinsms) January 25, 2013
After getting doored yesterday for my first time in SF I've got a bike messenger interview today. Hope I make it there safe!
— Matthew McKenna (@mpmckenna8) January 25, 2013
Just 'doored' a kid in the Tesco car park! Serves him right for running around really.
— Joe Boissevain (@JoeBoe1) January 25, 2013