A multi-stage, multi-faceted approach to addressing ‘car dooring’ in inner Melbourne.
Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne (RSAGIM) is a registered group of the Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Program (VCRSPP). RSAGIM focuses on the safety of vulnerable road users in Inner Melbourne. RSAGIM’s members include the local governments of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra and Stonnington. Member councils have a strong commitment to active transport. This paper outlines the work of RSAGIM and its member councils on ‘car dooring’ – the unexpected opening of car doors into the path of cyclists. RSAGIM is pursuing a staged approach to this cause of serious injury. The first stage was a commissioned report on car dooring which analysed the frequency of car dooring incidents and the characteristics of the locations where they occur in Inner Melbourne. The report also reviewed a range of countermeasures. The second stage is an evaluation and investigation of a non-infrastructure countermeasure VicRoads ‘Look for Bike’ stickers. The paper also presents early evaluations of countermeasures put in place in member councils to engineer out car dooring.