Far Hand Reach

Protect Bicyclists with the Far Hand Reach Technique

This simple technique will stop you and your passengers from opening your door in front of an oncoming vehicle, cyclist or pedestrian. This works for streets, sidewalks and parking lots.

When drivers and passengers open a vehicle door from the inside to exit the vehicle, they should use their far hand (the hand farthest from the door) to open the door. As you reach across your body to the door handle, your body will naturally swivel, and you will automatically look at the side-view mirror and look back for oncoming bikes and traffic. Open the door slowly and remain vigilant.

Retired physician Michael Charney has spent nearly three years teaching people the far hand reach, also known as the Dutch Reach.

Learn more about Michael and this technique in this Q&A.