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Also known as the ‘Dutch Reach’, this method stems from Holland, a flat country full of cyclists — from the problem of motorists opening their car doors too far into their paths as they cycle along the edge of the traffic lane.

The idea is that by reaching for the door handle with the opposite hand to the one closest to it, you open the door insufficiently far to cause an obstruction for a cyclist that might be about to crash into it. The car passenger or driver’s torso automatically turns and any cyclist about to pass by comes into view

You may think that a simple check in the rear-view door mirror would serve the same purpose, but as we noted in the post about the Island Bay cycle lane, the cyclist path can be on the passenger side (as is now the case on the south side of Ngaio Road) and mirrors are aligned to suit the driver, not the passenger.