Cycling UK and Uber team up to teach Dutch Reach to drivers and passengers

Post date: Jun 28, 2019 6:05:22 AM

Cycling UK and ride-sharing firm Uber have teamed up to teach drivers and passengers the Dutch Reach technique to help prevent cyclists from being doored.

The technique encourages car occupants to use the hand furthest away from the door to open it, meaning that their body naturally twists round so they are naturally looking over their shoulder and thus able to see any cyclists approaching.

While the technique is taught in the Netherlands and elsewhere and has been covered in the press here after Cycling UK campaigned for it to be introduced to the driving test following the death of Leicester cyclist Sam Boulton, who crashed into the path of a van when a taxi passenger opened a door into his path, it is still little-known here.