man on bicycle next to car on city street

Reducing the Risk of Collision Between Cars, Cyclists

A Los Angeles Times article on “dooring,” the collision caused when a car door is opened in front of an oncoming cyclist, cited Madeline Brozen, deputy director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA Luskin. The impact can lead to serious injuries, and cyclists and transit advocates call for greater awareness and better road infrastructure to reduce the risks. Some roadways feature green bike lanes, but Brozen said “protective infrastructure” — buffer zones that separate cyclists from parked cars and traffic — would further increase bicycle safety. At issue is the “political battle over convenience or delay for vehicles over the safety of people biking and walking,” Brozen said. “It’s really at the whim of the council member and the council member’s office to decide whether they’re willing to take on those battles or not.”


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