DOORED? FEAR IT? TEACH the REACH! TELL EVERYONE! IT'S MUCH SAFER!

>> Reach, Swivel, Look out & back, Open slowly. <<

'Dutch Reach' now in Massachusetts'
2017 Driver's Manual.

 Add Dutch 'dooring' countermeasure to YOUR state's Driver's Manual too!

New 'Dutch Reach' video by Massachusetts DOT

Mass. DOT Safety Announcement - 5/30/17

View Press Release & other Bicycle Safety additions by MA DOT / RMV. 

Boston Globe: MassDOT adds ‘Dutch Reach’ to driver’s manual,  5/30/2017

The League of American Bicyclists encourages inclusion of 'Dutch Reach' in state Driver's Manuals. LAB's webpage provides legal, statistical, cycling & infrastructure insight on dooring hazard.

Montage: Massachusetts state map uses the Dutch Reach to open a car door latch.  Arm of Cape Cod appears to grab driver's side door latch. The 2017 Mass. Driver's Manual cover is superimposed on the green silhoutte of Massachusetts. Dutch Reach inset: "We Teach the Reach", and MassDOT's logo in also included.

Drivers & passengers each use far hand to open car door. 

Reach across for the door handle.

Forced to Swivel, you automatically Look out, at mirror & easily back for bikes & traffic.

All clear? 

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 Then Open slowly to exit while remaining vigilant.

Dutch kids learn it from parents & in school.

It’s taught in drivers’ ed, and required to pass their driving test.

It's been Dutch commonsense for 50 years. Time we thought so too!

Tip: Tie ribbon on latch as reminder... & practice! 

VIDEO: THE DUTCH REACH - SAFE FOR WORK

The Simple Technique That Could Save Cyclists’ Lives - Outside Magazine 

VIDEO CREDIT: OUTSIDE MAGAZINE ONLINE

EDITORS & STAFF; BEN FOX, REPORTER.

 

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