Opening car doors are a serious to cyclists.
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Citizens to track “dooring” threat to cyclists

Police in Toronto have stopped recording incidents where car doors open hitting cyclists, so a cyclist is taking up the slack by creating an app to collect the statistics.

Justin Bull wants to draw attention to the sometimes fatal consequences of “dooring.” More and more Canadians are riding bikes and this is one of the most serious risks they face. Cyclists are either injured hitting the doors or they sometimes swerve to avoid them and are knocked into traffic.

Toronto police changed their definition of a collision in 2012 and it no longer includes incidents involving stationary vehicles. Bull says that doesn’t take away the need to track “dooring” cases.

He hopes to have his website,, up and running in about two weeks and people will be able to list recent accidents then.

Many cities across Canada are taking steps to make cycling safer. For example, police in the city of Montreal have on-line safety tips as does the city of Vancouver and others.

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