If you’ve done a decent amount of riding, particularly in urban areas, the chances are that at some point you’ve had someone open a car door into your path, potentially causing serious injury if you’re travelling at speed and can’t take evasive action. But now an Australian company has created a system that tries to make dooring a thing of the past.
The Dooring Alert System is designed to warn cyclists of when car doors might be opened and to help drivers and passengers be more aware of approaching cyclists before opening their doors.
For cyclists this means that cars fitted with the system will have lights built into the rear window and side mirrors. When the driver and passengers undo their seatbelts, the lights will flash, alerting cyclists that the doors are likely to swing open, allowing you to look over your shoulder and safely manoeuvre out of the way.
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Complementing the lights are camera fitted to the car’s wing mirrors, which are attached to screens on the dashboard and the backs of the front seats, meaning that all of the car’s passengers will be able to see when a cyclist is appraching from behind.
The system is currently in its final stage of development, and will soon be seeking funding on Kickstarter which will allow it to be fitted to newly manufactured vehicles.
Of course the easiest way to avoid being doored is to follow some basic cycling safety tips, and ride in the primary position when riding past parked cars, well out of the way of doors.
For more details head visit the Dooring Alert Systems website.