Camera catches moment Hamilton cyclists were allegedly ‘doored’ by a Tesla


Published May 2, 2023 at 4:46 pm


Two Hamilton cyclists are recovering from injuries after allegedly being ‘doored’ by a Tesla driver last month. This incident that was caught on video is doing the rounds on social media.

David Shellnutt, who goes by the name ‘The Biking Lawyer,’ put out a tweet and a press release stating that the crash occurred on Locke Street in Hamilton on April 8.


“The door of a Tesla flung open into their path. One cyclist hit it and the other crashed into them as they flew into the road. Both suffered wrist fractures and other injuries,” Shellnutt said.

Both cyclists were treated at a local hospital after the incident, according to Shellnutt. Both had wrist injuries and one suffered a broken rib, he said in his press release.

Hamilton police confirmed the incident and said they have identified the driver. No arrest has been made and charges have not been laid.

Dooring is one of the most unpredictable and dangerous hazards cyclists face today, and according to the Highway Traffic Act, a dooring charge can cost drivers up to $365 and three demerit points.

The traffic act also asks drivers and passengers to utilize what is called a “Dutch Reach.” This involves opening the door using the arm furthest from the door. This action forces the user to turn toward the door, which gives them a better view of the lane behind them.

Cyclists are advised to maintain a distance of at least one metre from parked cars where feasible to avoid being ‘doored’.

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