'Dooring Zone' pilot project deemed a success on Wellington Street
Published Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:39PM EDT
A pilot project to reduce "dooring" on a stretch of Wellington Street is showing signs of improvements nearly three years after launch.
City Councillor Jeff Leiper shared results of the project for the first time this week following dozens of hours surveying the stretch of Wellington Street from Parkdale to Holland.
"What we saw was a market increase in the number of people cycling away from the doors," Leiper said about the study's results.
The project was launched in 2015, one year after 5 dooring incidents were reported on that stretch of road. As part of the study, city crews created a roughly one meter "dooring zone" to mark the area where cyclists are at the greatest risk of being hit by a driver's side door.
"These line markers were an experiment to see if we could get cyclists to move into the middle of the road," Leiper said.
According to the study, the new lines painted on the pavement have created a "significant increase" in cyclists riding outside of the dooring zone, as well as a "significant increase" in motorists following cyclists instead of passing them.
Leiper said it is unlikely "dooring zones" will pop up across the city but said he hopes they can be added to other streets in Westboro and Hintonburg. The pavement markers, he said, work best in areas of high congestion, where traffic is moving slowly and cars are parked on both sides of the road.
"The results have been very successful," he said.
No dooring incidents have been reported on Wellington between Parkdale and Holland since the pilot project was launched.