Progressive Conservative MLA Pat Dunn is calling on the McNeil Liberals to pass a common-sense bill that would require drivers to practice the “Dutch Reach.”
The “Dutch Reach” is a simple practice that requires drivers and passengers of a vehicle to open the door with the hand furthest from the door handle.
Dunn introduced a bill in the Legislature today that would include the “Dutch Reach” in the Nova Scotia Driver’s Handbook.
“Having taught drivers education for 12 years, I know the benefits of adding this to the curriculum,” says Dunn. “This common-sense change would encourage drivers to turn their bodies toward the door. That makes it more likely that incoming cyclists would be spotted.”
Sebastian Copp, a cyclist in Halifax, welcomes the bill.
“I commute almost every day by bicycle in Halifax,” says Copp. “In a city where we don’t have protected bike lanes or generally many bike lanes at all, getting ‘doored’ by cars is a very real threat to cyclists’ safety. Especially along our narrow roads with parked cars and street traffic present.”
Dunn says this is an easy safety measure that can be enacted under Liberal Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan.
“The Minister has an opportunity to strengthen cyclist safety,” says Dunn. “It’s a simple habit that we can incorporate into the handbook that could decrease accidents.”
Copp thanks MLA Dunn for helping make a difference for cyclist safety.