I floated my idea past sev­eral cycling advo­cates, who pre­dictably agreed that more public aware­ness would be better. But North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Peter Furth, a spe­cialist in urban trans­porta­tion, offered another com­pelling suggestion.

When Furth lived in the Nether­lands, he had to obtain a Dutch driver’s license. Driver training is far more exten­sive there, costing the average person $2,000 to $4,000, and even after such training, many appli­cants fail their exam, he said. One of the ways they fail, in fact, is by for­get­ting to look for bicy­clists during their road test.

Everyone is taught to look twice. First as you are approaching an inter­sec­tion, glance to your right. Then at the last minute before you make your turn, take a second look,” he said.

They also train you very strictly to always look for cyclists before you open your door. The test always ends when you pull into a parking spot and they say, ‘OK, you are done.’ If you don’t look behind you before you open the door, you fail the test.”

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