The fine for “dooring” in British Columbia (BC) has been increased from $81 to $368 in a move designed to protect cyclists.

Dooring, which is opening the door of a parked car when it is not reasonably safe to do, is a common safety issue for cyclists and the increased fine has been introduced by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure alongside a public education and awareness campaign.

Increasing safety and helping reduce cycling collisions is an initiative of Move. Commute. Connect., BC’s Active Transportation Strategy. The strategy is part of CleanBC, a plan to help transform how people move around, while encouraging more active transportation in communities.

BC has the highest percentage of active transportation trips for commuting to work out of all the Canadian provinces.