Counting door crashes: if you don’t count it, you can’t manage it

The Toronto Star recently alerted us that Toronto Police were no longer recording doorings – cyclists that are hit by the car doors of stationary cars would no longer be reported. The police claim it’s because of a recent clarification by the province of what is considered a “collision”. Apparently a collision is defined as “the contact resulting from the motion of a motor vehicle or streetcar or its load that produces property damage, injury, or death.”

Apparently a parked car is not in motion and a bicycle is not a motor vehicle. Well, it’s not a motor vehicle, but should that matter when counting collisions?

Maybe it’s out of the hands of Toronto Police. Or maybe not. Either way, Traffic Services rep Constable Clint Stibbe told the Star, “realistically, there’s no reason for us to track it, because it doesn’t meet the criteria of collision. If you said how many days a week is it sunny, we’re not going to track that”.

And that’s that. No apology. No “we think it’s important to track dooring and will follow up with the province to ensure we have the right tools for making cyclists safer”. Just justifications.