Dooring incidents appear to be down—but that doesn't necessarily mean streets are safer for cyclists.
Between 2012 and November 2013, Toronto police weren’t collecting data on dooring incidents—which involve a motorist opening a car door in the path of an oncoming cyclist. They’d done so in the past, but ceased the practice after the province changed the official definition of “collision.” After the Star brought the matter to the public’s attention, though, the force’s data-gathering resumed, and now it’s revealed the numbers for the span between November 5, 2013, and August 12, 2014: during that time, cyclists filed 62 reports of dooring.
That number is down from the annual average established in the period from 2007 to 2011, which was 144. As the Star notes, though, that doesn’t necessarily mean the city’s streets are becoming less dangerous for cyclists: it’s possible that cyclists are simply not contacting police after they’ve been doored.
“You have to report it to the police,” said Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina), adding that cyclists should feel an obligation “to make sure it shows up as a statistic.”
No additional information was made available about how serious the doorings were, where they happened, or what kind of vehicle was responsible. Police have indicated that such details would be provided only in response to a Freedom of Information request.