The Teach the Reach Act would see the Dutch reach method enshrined in driver’s education, making sure that the next generation of drivers is equipped with the knowledge to prevent ‘dooring’ of cyclists when they exit their vehicles.
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Whereas hundreds of Ontario cyclists are injured every year in collisions with car doors; and
Whereas the Dutch Reach helps ensure people exiting a vehicle take a clear look for passing cyclists before opening their door; and
Whereas teaching drivers the Dutch Reach can help reduce injury and death while supplementing other measures like separated bike lanes and Vulnerable Road User legislation; and
Whereas, state legislatures in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington and the UK Department for Transport have adopted the Dutch Reach method in driver training; therefore
We the undersigned, call on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to pass the “Teach the Reach Act” so that the Dutch Reach is taught in Driver’s education in Ontario.