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Dutch Reach: a practice to protect bikers from “being doored”

2017-February-20       Source: Newsgd.com

“Being doored” by cars is an unfortunate experience for city cyclists. Driver’s unintentional actions may lead to a tragedy.

“Being doored” by cars is an unfortunate experience for city cyclists. Driver’s unintentional actions may lead to a tragedy.

对骑手来说,骑车被突然打开的车门撞了是相当不幸的事情。司机开车门一个不小心就会导致惨剧的发生。

Well, recently, the so-called “Dutch Reach” sweeps through the social media, a practice that can keep cyclist from danger, especially now that bike-sharing service is taking off in many cities.

最近,一个名为“荷氏开门法”的开门方法刷屏朋友圈,特别是在共享单车火热的背景下,提倡这种开车门的方法殊有意义!

What is “Dutch Reach”?

什么是“荷氏开门法”

“Dutch Reach” is imported from the Dutch and this is how it gets its name. The practice suggests that both drivers and passengers use their far hand and bring their arms across the body to open the door. It forces the drivers and passengers to swivel shoulder and head so that they can see if there are bikes coming from behind before opening the door.

“荷氏开门法”起源于荷兰。“荷氏开门法”,即用离车门最远的那只手去开车门。而当你换成离车门较远的那只手,你的上半身会自然而然地转动,头部和肩膀就会自然地向外看,从而减少视觉盲区。

There is a website called “Dutch Reach Project” (http://www.dutchreach.org/), which aims to promote the Dutch method to prevent doorings. It gives an demonstration of the practice. The procedures are concluded as “Reach, Swivel, Look out & back, Open slowly”.

互联网上有一个致力于推广“荷式开车门”的网站www.dutchreach.org。它详细解释了什么是“荷氏开门法”。

It is learned that “Dutch Reach” has been commonsense in Dutch for 50 years. It is also taught in drivers ed training.

据说荷兰司机使用“Dutch Reach”开门已经有50年。驾校也会教学员这样做。

Other techniques to avoid “being doored”

其他避免“开车门事故”的方法

1. Park your cars to the right (in China) and in the assigned space.

1. 停车尽可能靠近右侧或停在指定停车位。

2. Look out in your rearview mirrors to see if there’re bikes or pedestrians coming from behind.

2. 司机要通过两侧后视镜观察后方情况。

3. Open the door a bit first and watch out for the traffic.

3. 开车时,先把车门打开一点缝隙,确保安全后再推门下车。

4. Bikers and pedestrians should also keep cars parked at the roadside at a distance in case that the cars’ doors are opened when you pass by.

4. 骑车人、行人在路过停在路旁的车辆时,应注意保持与车辆的横向距离,以防车门突然开启导致受伤。

Editor: 陈锦霞

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