The Dutch reach - can it save lives?

Written by Alex Bennett

Social media executive

A new campaign is needed to raise awarensss of "dooring" to help save cyclists lives on Britains roads, Cycling UK has said.

In a report by the BBC, the campaign group says that cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are being injured and killed by drivers and their passengers opening car doors carelessly.

Cycling UK has stated that it wants the "Dutch reach" to be taught to new drivers.

So what is the Dutch reach?

The Dutch reach is a way of opening doors using the "wrong" hand. The driver or passenger on the right-hand side of the vehicle opens the door with their left hand, forcing them to turn and see if there is anyone coming their way. It is a mandatory part of Dutch driving tests.

The idea has been supported by Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite, who told the BBC: "This simple step seems like a good way of checking that a cyclist is not approaching and reducing the risk of 'dooring', particularly in a congested city."

The Department of Transport however has previously dismissed this proposal, coming shortly after Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was filmed knocking a cyclist off his bike by opening a car door.

Cycling UK hopes that new minister, Jesse Norman - a keen cyclist himself - will take a broader look at cycle safety in Britain.