Dutch Reach

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Dutch Reach | safety, transportation | A move in which the driver of a parked car uses their right hand (opposite the door handle) to open their door, thus having to turn their shoulder and look to see if a cyclist is in danger of being hit. Though taught in driver’s ed classes in the bike-crazy Netherlands (hence the name), the wise practice remains uncommon elsewhere, including Vancouver.

Usage: “I know it sounds a little dirty, but if you come with me to my car I will buckle you up and show you the Dutch Reach…”

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