By Kevin Rawlinson in The Guardian.
Action should be taken to prevent the deaths of cyclists hit by car doors opening as they pass the vehicle, a leading charity has said.
Cycling UK says people are being killed by car users opening their doors without checking first for passing cyclists. It wants people to be trained to open their doors with their far hands to avoid “car-dooring” riders.
The problem has caused the deaths of eight people – primarily cyclists – in five years and injured thousands more, according to official figures.
“Some people seem to see car-dooring as a bit of a joke, but it’s not and can have serious consequences,” said Cycling UK’s chief executive, Paul Tuohy. He said the charity “wants to see greater awareness made about the dangers of opening your car door negligently, and people to be encouraged to look before they open”.
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