Opening Your Car Door Like the Dutch Do Can Save Cyclists' Lives

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Urban cyclists encounter many dangers: Path-clogging pedestrians and reckless drivers are among the most obvious, but bikers also face an under-the-radar road risk called “dooring”—the collision that results when a parked driver opens their car door into an oncoming pedaler’s path.

Most states don’t track dooring accidents, so it’s hard to determine just how often they occur. However, Grid Chicago analyzed Illinois Department of Transportation data from 2011, and found that one in five bike crashes in Chicago were caused by dooring that year.

To prevent dooring accidents, The Telegraph reports that drivers in the Netherlands rely on a simple practice that’s been dubbed the “Dutch Reach": After parking, they reach for their car door’s handle using their right arm instead of their left one, even though the latter is closer to the door. This method forces the drivers to pivot their bodies so they look over their shoulders, allowing them to notice incoming bikers on the street.

Children in the Netherlands learn this habit from their teachers and parents, and it's even included on their driving tests. Now, the practice is starting to catch on in the U.S., thanks in part to vocal evangelists like Michael Charney. Charney, a doctor from Cambridge, Massachusetts, founded a website called dutchreach.org after a local woman named Amanda Phillips was killed in a dooring accident. It provides resources about cycling safety, and suggests ways to promote the Dutch Reach. Meanwhile, advocacy groups like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are also spreading the word.

Some U.S. cities, like Minneapolis, are starting to build protected paths for bike-loving commuters. But in most places, designated paths for cyclists are situated in a “door zone,” a.k.a. the buffer zone between parked cars and the main road. Until more cities invest in infrastructure changes to keep bikers safe, U.S. drivers can save lives by adjusting their habits.

Master the Dutch Reach by watching the tutorial below, courtesy of Outside magazine.

Whiten Your Teeth From Home for $40 With This Motorized Toothbrush

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Since many people aren't exactly rushing to see their dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become more important than ever to find the best at-home products to maintain your oral hygiene. And if you're looking for a high-quality motorized toothbrush, you can take advantage of this deal on the AquaSonic Black Series model, which is currently on sale for 71 percent off.

This smart toothbrush can actually tell you how long to keep the brush in one place to get the most thorough cleaning—and that’s just one of the ways it can remove more plaque than an average toothbrush. The brush also features multiple modes that can whiten teeth, adjust for sensitive teeth, and massage your gums for better blood flow.

As you’d expect from any smart device, modern technology doesn’t stop at functionality. The design of the AquaSonic Black Series is sleek enough to seamlessly fit in with a modern aesthetic, and the charging base is cordless so it’s easy to bring on the go. The current deal even includes a travel case and eight Dupont replacement heads.

Right now, you can find the AquaSonic Black Series toothbrush on sale for just $40.

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Zappos Is Now Selling Single Shoes and Mixed-Size Pairs, Making Its Offerings More Accessible

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For people with differently sized feet or prosthetics, shopping for shoes is often more complicated than it has to be. Zappos is now addressing this problem with a simple fix. As CNN Business reports, shoppers can now purchase single shoes or mixed-size pairs from the online shoe retailer.

According to Zappos, customers have been requesting more accessible shoe-buying options for years. For some people with prosthetic limbs and differently sized feet, spending money on extra shoes they don't need is the only way to get the right fit. Some people with amputations and prosthetics may only need to wear one shoe from a full-priced pair.

Thanks to the new policy, these customers no longer have to overpay to get the shoes that are right for them. As of Tuesday, July 14, Zappos shoes from Nike, BILLY Footwear, Converse, PLAE, Stride Rite, and New Balance are officially available to purchase as single shoes or mixed-size pairs. The shoes range from toddler to adult sizes and are priced at $17.50 to $85.

Zappos is the latest brand to make its products accessible to a wider consumer base. For years, Target has been selling Halloween costumes for wheelchair users and adaptive clothing that's easy to remove for kids with physical disabilities.

[h/t CNN Business]

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