'Dooring' Claims Bronx Cyclist

It's yet another anecdotal reason for cyclists to bike well clear of the 'door zone' - and engineers and planners to ensure that cyclists have room to do so. Megan Charlop's bicycle ricocheted off a car door directly into the path of a city bus.
March 19, 2010, 7am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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The Daily News describes the victim's life in the Bronx and her contributions to the community and also how the incident affected the motorist who allegedly 'doored' her.

"Megan Charlop, 57, director of community health at the Montefiore School Health Program, was married with four kids.

Charlop, a fitness fanatic who lived in the Bronx (and was raised in Great Neck, Long Island) for more than 30 years, rode her bike everywhere, friends said.

She regularly housed children from Africa and the Caribbean who came to the U.S. for treatment - and took neighborhood youngsters on trips to the Bronx Zoo and Botanical Garden to keep them out of trouble.

"The driver of the Toyota (who allegedly 'doored' her), Min Kyung Kwan, 66, got a summons for interfering with a bicyclist.

"He's not doing well," said Kwan's son. "It's like he closed his eyes, and when he opened them, it happened already. It's a tragedy for both families."

Thanks to Streetsblog New York City

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Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Daily News
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