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Any suggestions on what to do when drivers ignore my polite request to shut their car door?

As I ride, I will occasionally ask a driver of a parked car who has their door wide open to "Watch the door, please." There are times when I look over my shoulder and the door is still wide open. One time I circled back and wrote down the plate number. Does anyone have suggestions on whether it is worth calling 311, for example, and reporting them?

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Calling over an open door is a bit much, and I won't get a response. Calling about, say, a car parked in the bike lane or someone who is standing (idling) there and won't move is not too much. I thought that was a 311 thing, but the first time I called someone in the operator told me it was a 911 call since it would require an officer to be sent over to ticket them. Last time I did it (I got sick enough of this stuff that I do it whenever I see someone parked in the lane, etc.) the operator happily took my information and passed it on. Still feels weird, since I associate 911 with life-or-death kind of stuff.

so true, so true... I like it!

Kevin C said:

Who are you and what have you done with Adam?

Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

Let it go and move on with your day.

That seems reasonable.  Today on Elston I saw a driver zip around a line of four or five cars stopped at the light at Ashland in the bike lane.  I got her license (262 8630, green VW New Beetle - if you know her, please wag your finger at her in a very stern manner).  Later on, I had to move into traffic to get around a semi idling in the bike lane just north of McGrath Acura.

I suppose I could have called about either one.  Just would have slowed me down (I had no trouble keeping up with the VW lady), and the person at the other end of the 311 line would have probably just rolled their eyes...

That said, if an open car door, parked semi, or person driving briefly in the bike lane doesn't warrant a to call 311, where do you draw the red line?  Realize, of course, that you will often not generate any real action, especially if the offender was moving (gone by the time the police get there).


Rich S said:

I don't think reporting individual violators will accomplish much to be honest. Maybe if you saw a cop you could ask them to write a ticket or issue a warning. 

I also thought it was a 311 call until I made a call! That makes sense, though. 

David P. said:

Calling over an open door is a bit much, and I won't get a response. Calling about, say, a car parked in the bike lane or someone who is standing (idling) there and won't move is not too much. I thought that was a 311 thing, but the first time I called someone in the operator told me it was a 911 call since it would require an officer to be sent over to ticket them. Last time I did it (I got sick enough of this stuff that I do it whenever I see someone parked in the lane, etc.) the operator happily took my information and passed it on. Still feels weird, since I associate 911 with life-or-death kind of stuff.

I've narrowly escaped being hit by a car couple of winters ago, while crossing (on a green light!) the intersection of Wells and Oak. Though it happened after dark, the intersection was very well lit, plus I had a bright flashing headlight on my bike (plus reflecting clothes, etc.). So . . . I was going north (and had the right of way), had almost crossed Oak when I saw a car turning straight into me. I swerved, somehow avoided that effin' moron by a couple of inches and managed not to hit anything else.

(Green line represents me on a bike; red—him cutting corner; purple—how he should have made the turn, after I cleared the intersection.)


Jeff Schneider said:

Drivers cut corners when they turn, that's how.

I feel like I'm being anti-trolled.

;)

Tim S said:

so true, so true... I like it!

Kevin C said:

Who are you and what have you done with Adam?

Adam Herstein (5.5 mi) said:

Let it go and move on with your day.

There seems to be perpetual confusion about this--- not really hard to figure out if you think about it for a moment... just think about what happens to a 911 vs. 311 call.  911-- dispatched.  311-- logged to be reviewed by the responsible department on the next work day. Open car door... something to be looked into next Monday or Tuesday? No.

 

Of course, there are those that will continue to call 311 for something that needs a prompt response... and they'll tie up both 311 and 911 after the call is transferred.

David P. said:

Calling over an open door is a bit much, and I won't get a response. Calling about, say, a car parked in the bike lane or someone who is standing (idling) there and won't move is not too much. I thought that was a 311 thing, but the first time I called someone in the operator told me it was a 911 call since it would require an officer to be sent over to ticket them. Last time I did it (I got sick enough of this stuff that I do it whenever I see someone parked in the lane, etc.) the operator happily took my information and passed it on. Still feels weird, since I associate 911 with life-or-death kind of stuff.

So if we're going to label the Adam Hersteins of the world "complainers" for giving a damn, we need a nice loaded derogatory term for the folks that tirelessly defend the status quo.

"Uncle Tom" is already taken....

Kassholes?

h' 1.0 said:

So if we're going to label the Adam Hersteins of the world "complainers" for giving a damn, we need a nice loaded derogatory term for the folks that tirelessly defend the status quo.

"Uncle Tom" is already taken....

OK, maybe I didn't frame that well.

Let's try.. "aggressively complacent cyclist who thinks everything we've gained just happened on its own."

Tony Adams 7 mi (dirtbag hipstr) said:

Kassholes?

h' 1.0 said:

So if we're going to label the Adam Hersteins of the world "complainers" for giving a damn, we need a nice loaded derogatory term for the folks that tirelessly defend the status quo.

"Uncle Tom" is already taken....

I always kick the door on them...that teaches them.

 

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