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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-18
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  September 9, 2013
COUNCILLOR KELLEY

WHEREAS:

There is evidence that drivers who open their door with their right hand rather than their left hand are less likely to door cyclists (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/08/one-simple-tip-could-save-cyclists-life/6683/); and

   

WHEREAS:

"Dooring" is a major hazard to cyclists in Cambridge where many bike routes and bike lanes have cyclists travelling alongside and within the ‘door zone' of parked cars;  and

   

WHEREAS:

A public education campaign, both City-wide and aimed at Driver Education programs (to include those offered through CRLS), emphasizing a message such as "Open Right, Save a Life" could help drivers change their door opening habits and lead to less danger from dooring; and

   

WHEREAS:

Such a campaign might include public service notices on City signs outside of City Hall, fliers passed out with parking stickers, videos on City TV or the City's website and signage such as the ones the motorcycle safety "Look Twice, Safe a Life" program offers; now be it therefore

 
ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with relevant City and CPS staff about the usefulness of an "Open Right" campaign and how such a public awareness campaign might be implemented and to report back to the City Council on this issue.

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