The other day, Cameron managed to get doored on Valencia Street. There is a lot I could write about that, like how the bike lane on one of the most heavily used bike lanes in San Francisco is put 100% in the door zone,
or how often it is blocked by delivery trucks or taxis or construction vehicles....
but I will just tell you what came about with Cameron's dooring.
He got none of the information right. After getting knocked off his bicycle, the woman who threw her door into him was more concerned about getting her door fixed than in giving Cameron her license or insurance info. She didn't even ask him if he was OK. He was only minorly injured and his bike was largely alright but Cameron was shaken up enough to forget everything we had taught him over the years. He didn't even take any pictures (obviously not my son). He wrote down her license plate number before she took off.
Needless to say, he got the plate wrong which we learned when we went to report the incident.
Unable to file a report because of insufficient information the really helpful Officer at the station told Cameron what he should do in a situation like that- call 911 and tell them you are a minor and that you need help. They will be out ASAP and they can take care of what needs to be done (of course, if you are 18 or over don't tell them you are a kid) because opening your door into moving traffic is a crime. Best of all, we were given the MAGIC PHONE NUMBER FOR ALL SAN FRANCISCANS-
This number is the direct number to SF's 911 dispatch and can be used with a cell phone to bypass the cell phone 911 system which is run by the California Highway Patrol. This allows you to speak directly to SFPD without being patched through and gets you faster and more targeted response. It also means you can be less specific about where you are and the person on the other end of the line can help figure it out (CHP dispatch in Vallejo can not do that as they are not in or from SF).
The phone numbers for-
Berkeley, CA 510-981-5911
Oakland, CA 510-777-3211
Daly City, CA 650-991-8119 (the DCPD asks that cell users call the non-emergency line until a system is created)
Go see if your city has a direct number to your local PD emergency dispatch! Cameron and Úna both now have this number programmed into their phones as the first number in the directory. Too bad it does not also magically impart the lesson that one should never ride in the door zone.