This hits home for me. After getting doored in the fall (I was relatively ok), I reported it to the police and specifically asked them to charge the “doorer” with as much as they possibly could. It’s just a fine, but it’s a reminder for them for the future as well.
A couple months go by and I haven’t heard anything from the police (and I have no idea how long these things take) after them telling me they’d be in touch, and I finally hear back from them… but they tell me that they “lost track” of the case, and now it’s too late to press charges.
Drivers and passengers who doored cyclists were half as likely to receive a ticket or warning in 2016 compared to two years ago, according to police statistics provided to Metro.
The news comes at a time when reported doorings are on the rise and the city is trying to lower the number as part of its Road Safety Plan.
“It’s disturbing to see an increase in dooring but a decrease in tickets,” said Jared Kolb, executive director of the advocacy group Cycle Toronto.