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[OT] Dutch Reach [was Re: Where has the practice of sending screen shots as source code come from?]


On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 9:24 AM, Grant Edwards
<grant.b.edwards at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2018-01-30, Steven D'Aprano <steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info> wrote:
>> On Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:48:29 +0000, Matt Wheeler wrote:
>>
>>> Checking the side mirrors isn't particularly helpful advice if you're
>>> sitting in any seat other than the driver's seat, however.
>>
>> That's a fair point.
>>
>> But it really only applies to those sitting on the driver's side in the
>> back seat. On the passenger's side, you open the door towards the curb,
>> out of the way of both cyclists and on-coming traffic.
>
> Unless the bike lane is between the "parallel parking lane" and the
> curb[*], in which case it's the passenger side doors that are used to
> catch bicycles rather than the driver's side doors.
>
> [*] This seems to be increasingly common here in the Minneapolis /
>     St. Paul area

This seems like it would tend to make the "dooring" problem worse,
since people are not generally accustomed to using caution when
opening their door toward the curb rather than the street.

Also, I just wanted to add that if you're going to use the side mirror
then you need to watch it for a couple of seconds rather than a quick
glance. Most people's mirrors are not particularly well adjusted to
capture the car's blind spot, which is exactly where an oncoming
cyclist would be. A blind spot that can fit an entire car inside of it
is enormous compared to the size of a bicycle.