Here is footage of how I got doored yesterday on the Christophe Colomb bike path near Rachel.
It sucks getting doored. It’s the kind incident that shatters a cyclist confidence in being able to ride safely through city streets. It puts cyclists in a powerless situation that can lead to serious injury and even fatality. In the worst case scenario, getting doored can cause a cyclist to lose control and veer into moving car traffic.
Some bike paths are designed to eliminate the possibility that the door of a parked car, adjacent to a bike path, can swing open and block the path abruptly. These paths typically have a two-three foot painted or concrete buffer between parked cars and the bike path. Other paths, on the other hand, seem to have been built to encourage this sort of dangerous situation, i.e. the Christophe Colomb bike path between Mount-Royal and Rachel. The path is only three feet wide and wedged between the sidewalk and the cars parked on the left-hand side of the road. There is no buffer between the parked cars and the bike path, so an open car door on the driver’s side blocks almost the entire width of the path.
The City has two options. Either it removes dangerous paths like the Christophe Colomb path, or it improves the path by adding a three-foot painted buffer. This type of intervention is not expensive to carry out and would make the Christophe Colomb bike path much safer and more pleasant to use.